Books on ADHD and Autism

Diet and Nutrition

That's it. I'm convinced. I'm a "flexitarian" now. I just finished this book, which presents many convincing studies and research to show why animal proteins, particularly casein (a cow's milk protein) is the cause of many American's unfortunate killers (heart diseases, cancers, autoimmune diseases, etc). Dr. Campbell also reveals the secret agenda and propaganda behind many of the nation's food and nutrition recommendations, which we all follow like verses from the Bible. I'm so grateful for the information from this book, and Dr. Campbell's courage to publish all these information. Thank you, Dr. Campbell.
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Forks Over Knives Healthy Eating. Healthy World.

THE ULTRAMIND SOLUTION: The Simple Way to Defeat Depression, Overcome Anxiety, and Sharpen Your Mind I was skeptical when I first got this book because it is written by a "M.D." physician. Of course, he is going to talk about studies, researches, medications, his medical training, yadah, yadah, ya....To my surprise he is different. It is refreshing to know there is a physician who believe in alternative medicine or what it is referred to as "Functional Medicine". I hope this will help other physician become more open-minded with alternative and complementary treatment, and be supportive of their patients decisions. I'm still working with physicians who would complete dismiss the benefit of alternative treatments. The only thing I am not too thrill about is his website. It's so commercialized. So ignore that part. WHAT'S EATING YOUR CHILD by Kelly Dorfman. The hidden connections between food and childhood ailments such as anxiety, recurrent ear infections, stomachaches, picky eating, rashes, ADHD and more. And what every parent can do about it. This is a pretty easy read with case scenario of common feeding issues that us parents deal with, such as a child with no appetite and poor growth, another child with speech apraxia, child with ADHD, etc. This book and it's cases give parents hope that what their child's issue is not the end of the world and that there are simple and easy treatment available right at their finger tips.

EATING FOR AUTISM: The 10-Step Nutrition Plan to Help Treat Your Child's Autism, Asperger's, or ADHD by Elizabeth Strickland. This book provides a more structure approach for someone who would like to try the diet on their own. It gives you step-by-step instruction. This book does not provide as much detail description as the first book about how different nutrient works. SPECIAL-NEEDS KIDS EATS RIGHT: Strategies to Help Kids on the Autism Spectrum Focus, Learn, and Thrive by Judy Converse. This is one of my favorite books, which explains the different strategies in treating different developmental issues. Besides, the author of this book is a registered dietitian, whose son has autism. So this book contains valuable experience and expertise of the author. I enjoy reading it and I frequently go back to the book for reference.

OMNIVORE'S DILEMMA by Michael Pollan. A Natural History of Four Meals. This book is an eye-opener for those of us who has taken food and everything for granted. Pollan articulately exposes the political influences behind many food policies, and how these policies form our nation's additude toward foods. This is a must-read for those of you who are curious about the dilemma we are facing as an omnivore in this country. How and why did we inherit this dilemma in the first place.


SMART MOVES: Why Learning Is Not All in Your Head by Carla Hannaford.This is a very good book by Carla Hannaford, a profession from University of Hawaii. She is a biologist and educator. The book talks about brain development and how it affect ADHD and autism. It explains how physical movements enhance learning and behaviors. There are also instruction of different exercise that you and your child can do to help your brain focus and learn better. THE DIFFICULT CHILD by Stanley Turecki and Leslie Tonner.This is one of my first book I started reading when my daughter was just a baby. She cries all the time. When she was toddler, she refused take any breastmilk and/or formula from a bottle, refused all kinds of foods, and had very bad separation anxiety. I remember I used to not able to get her changed out of her pajama in the mornin. And she would go to daycare in her pajama, and cried all the way from leaving our house to the daycare, then cried again all the way from daycare back home at the end of the day. It was torture for everyone. Then I found this book that talks about the 8 temperaments, which shades some light in my situation.

Recently I was rethinking about my parenting style. Am I being too authoritative that I'm not letting my daughter makes her own decision, explore making choices, taste her own failure and learn from her own mistakes?

It dawns on me children may actually experience feelings and emotions emitted from their parents. So when the parents are also stress and anxious, these feelings and emotions are sensed by our children.

And this maybe the contributing factors to tantrums and emotions breakdown we see in our children. They're just too young to know what to do with these emotions. I have toned down my parenting style, and started letting my daughter to have more options and opinions of her own on how she wants things done. So far so good, we have less argument and yelling in the house.

A week ago, a colleague was telling me about some behavioral and feeding issues with her toddlers. This particular colleague of mine was going through some medical and emotional issues of her own. So I casually brought up the idea that maybe her toddler is experiencing some of her anxiety, and was just acting out as he has no better ways to express himself. She was delighted with the idea, and told me she has been reading about this book "Peaceful Parents. Happy Kids."

What a find?!

The ideas presented in this book contradicts some of the popular ideas of parenting today. It advocates against time-out, yelling, punishing (or what we usually call "discipline). At first these strategies may seem counter-intuitive, but there are great evidence to support and makes lot of sense because children are just too young and naive to handle a lot of the stress and situation in everyday's life.

For example, my daughter cried after watching Toy Story 3, when the boy gave away all his childhood toys to his neighbor's daughter before he left for college. As adult, we would not give it a second thought about giving toys away, but for a 10 year old it can be a big deal.

Hope you would find a true wisdom in this book to help you understand your children better, and nurture to become caring beings.


The two recipe books provide great ideas to sneak in nutritious ingredients that our children normally would refuse when offered. However, just a word of caution from my own experience - remember our special child has extremely sensitive taste buds. So don't be too excited about sneak too much of a good stuff in his or her food. You know, if they taste the slightest change in their favorite mac n cheese, that will be the end of the mac n cheese. Start with only very small amount and increase slowly.

This is a good way to introduce your child to the taste and smell of the new food in a very subtle way. Hopefully, your child will eventually get used to the taste and smell of the new food that they may one day decide to eat the actual food itself.

THE SNEAKY CHEF: Simple Strategies for Hiding Healthy Foods in Kids' Favorite Meals by Missy Chase Lapine. This recipe book is loaded with kids' favorite recipes with simple easy-to-follow instruction to sneak healthy ingredients to make the not-so-healthy mac-n-cheese healthy for a change. DECEPTIVELY DELICIOUS: Simple Secrets to Get Your Kids Eating Good Food by Jessica Seinfeld. Here is another great recipe book for parents struggling to get their child to eat fruits and vegetables. It's organized into list of utensils and equipments you'll need in your kitchen to make different fruits and vegetables juices and pureeds that you'll need in the recipes, down to the zip-lock bags, markers and labels for storage in freeze.

FOOD CHAINING: The Proven 6-Step Plan to Stop Picky Eating, Solve Feeding Problems, and Expand Your Child’s Diet by Cheri Fracker. This book discusses the different causes that can lead to extreme pickiness or feeding difficulty. It explores areas such as sensory processing disorder, food allergy, gastrointestinal abnormalities, etc. Then it goes into the 6-step plan of exploring new foods.

Books About Children with ADHD

PERCY JACKSON AND THE OLYMPIANS by Rick Riordan. This is a book series about the many mysterious adventures of Percy Jackson, 6th grader. What made this book series enjoyable for children with ADHD is that it is written by a dad who has a child with ADHD. Riordan basically wrote this series for his son who has ADHD and dyslexia. In the story, the usual inconvenienceS of having ADHD and dyslexia become essential survival skills in the world of monsters and gods. After saving Olympus from the evil Titan lord, Kronos, Percy and friends have rebuilt their beloved Camp Half-Blood, where the next generation of demigods must now prepare for a chilling prophecy of their own: Seven half-bloods shall answer the call, To storm or fire the world must fall. An oath to keep with a final breath, And foes bear arms to the Doors of Death. Now, in a brand-new series from blockbuster best-selling author Rick Riordan, fans return to the world of Camp Half-Blood. Here, a new group of heroes will inherit a quest. But to survive the journey, they'll need the help of some familiar demigods.


Do you have a favorite book about ADHD?

I love to read about books on children's development and alternative treatment. It helps me understand my child more, and why she does what she does. When I find a good book or two, I always recommend them to my family, because many families with children with ADHD have many issues to deal with, not just the behaviors or just the nutrition aspect.

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