ADHD Australia has collated a number of helpful links to Australian resources which may be of interest to you and are listed below.
ADDults with ADHD
ADDults with ADHD is an Australian ADHD support group based in NSW which is dedicated to improving the lives of adults dealing with ADHD in themselves, their family, their friends and their clients. They have written a number of guides and have numerous books they have sourced which can be of help and can be purchased from the ADDults with ADHD book store on their website.
The author, Lou Brown, is an passionate and dedicated ADHD Coach, Consultant, Educator & Advocate from Perth in WA, who is committed to helping kids & adults with ADHD truly thrive. She has written a number of helpful guides which can be found and downloaded from her website. The one we are profiling here is the one titled, 'ADHD in Primary School'.
This is a comprehensive guide which will assist teachers to better understand and support students with ADHD in the classroom.
There are two licences - $10 for Individual/Personal use or $25 for Schools/Organisations.
This resource can be purchased from the 'Thriving with ADHD' website.
This book is a go-to guide for parents and teachers, providing up-to-date knowledge in a simple, easy-to-read format. It is filled with information your doctor would like to provide but is often unable to do so in the limited appointment times available. This book also gives a framework and practical tips for how you can manage and advocate for your child in different settings, with or without medication. It summarises evidence to date for medication and alternative therapies, examines commonly held beliefs about ADHD and debunks myths.
This book has been written by a developmental paediatrician (Desiree Silva) and an ADHD coach (Michele Toner), both of whom are passionate about improving the lives of children with ADHD and their families. They both have over 20 years of experience in the field and recognise the need for this practical guide.
Allied health workers, general practitioners and others who have contact with these wonderful children will also benefit from the information in this guide.
The book can be purchased as a paperback, eBook or as an audiobook.
This resource can be purchased from the University of Western Australia Publishing website.
Parent and carer experiences of ADHD in Australian schools: Critical Gaps report
In August 2018, PAAA undertook an extensive national quantitative study focusing on the performance of Australian schools in meeting the needs of ADHD students. This study collected brand new, previously unavailable data from over one thousand Australian families who have one or more children living with ADHD.
The findings have now been published in a report which highlights critical gaps in the capacity of schools to include and support students with ADHD, with 1 in 3 students with ADHD changing schools as a result of ADHD-related issues.
This report confirms that children with ADHD are at risk in the education system and are experiencing inequitable access to education, reflecting the lack of recognition of ADHD within the Australian education system as a serious impairment to learning. This is at odds with obligations under the Disability Discrimination Act (DDA) and the Disability Standards for Education (DSE), whose purpose is to ensure students with disability such as ADHD, can access education on the same basis as their peers.
This resource can be requested from the Parents for ADHD Advocacy's website.
Dr Alison Poulton is a Senior Lecturer in Paediatrics Sydney Medical School Nepean and a paediatrician specialising in treating children with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD). She has written a number of helpful factsheets which are free to download on topics including, 'What is ADHD?', 'Behaviour strategies for ADHD' and Medications used in ADHD'.
Her goal is to offer a supportive environment for other parents with ADHD children who are finding challenges with their children but also to encourage you to find the good side of ADHD.
Paula has a blog post and has written a number of factsheets and other information which are free to download from her website which you may find both interesting and helpful.
Child without an Off Switch is a beautiful and touching story of living with ADHD. At times gut-wrenching, at times hilarious, and always insightful. This book is a frank and unfiltered account that will reward you with a better understanding of ADHD as told by the child, the parent and the teacher.
It reveals how simple strategies and a focus on the positive side of living with ADHD, can shape a bright future.
Written by James Frey
You can find this eBook to purchase from the 'Child without an Off Switch' website.
Elise is and Australian author who has recently written a book, ADHD: Not Just Naughty, which is an uplifting guide for parents and caregivers of children diagnosed with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) as they navigate the rocky road of challenging behaviours. These include hyperactivity, impulsivity, inattention and defiance. Practical parenting strategies are intertwined with real-life experiences—the good, the bad and the ugly, with a dash of humour thrown in.
In this easy-to-read, informative guide, Grace da Camara of 'SafeZone Counselling' draws upon her many years of experience with children, teens and their families. Her work with those affected by ADHD, in Western Australia, has given her insight into the particular challenges faced by families both before and after diagnosis.
Grace introduces Tristan and his mentor, Xavier, who will guide you through the process of dealing with ADHD. Filled with information and tips, presented in an accessible fun format, Fridays With Tristan explores the good and the bad of an ADHD diagnosis. If you are lost and don’t know where to turn, this guide will help you on your way and give you some clear directions.
Written by Grace da Camara
This book can be purchase online from Grace's website at SafeZone Counselling.