Dr. Weller shares her favorite books, websites, and activities on a range of pediatric mental health issues.

RecommendationsOvercoming ADHD: Helping your child become calm, engaged, and focused without a pill.
By Stanley Greenspan, MD

Dr. Weller’s Review: This book shows how ADHD is so different in different children. It highlights the roles of family life, self-esteem, and social support for helping kids with ADHD. It provides effective, easy-to-do, exercises that parents, teachers, and kids enjoy. Even if your child is on medication, this book is a must have. Some of my most used, tried-and-true tips come from this text.


Driven from Distraction: Recognizing and coping with Attention Deficit Disorder from childhood through adulthood.
By Edward  M. Hallowell, MD & John J. Ratey, MD

Dr. Weller’s Review: Dr. Hallowell explains how ADHD is a collection of symptoms, rather than a mental illness. He highlights the amazing attributes of ADHD. Real-world advice is provided for managing ADHD and advocating for your ADHD child. The book is uplifting, with a dramatically positive (though realistic and solution-focused) outlook on ADHD. The section about helping your ADHD child prepare for and be successful in college is great.



Instincts in Kids – Parenting • Learning • Validating.

Dr. Weller’s Review: I love this service. Kathy Kolbe created indexes that measure and describe how each child uniquely goes about solving problems. There are different, short, easy-to-complete questionnaires for children and parents to complete. The costs start at around $10. It’s worth the cost, especially when used in conjunction with mental health support services (results can be emailed to your child’s therapist, and others). Kids—even and especially kids with mental illness labels, like ADHD—solve problems every day in their own, effective way. The trick is for adults who care for them to see HOW kids do this. Parents can even take their own tests to see how different, or alike, they are from their child in approaching problem-solving. I also admire teachers who use this resource to find out about their own styles, and to better inform their classroom strategies.


How to Get Your Kid to Eat…But Not Too Much: From birth to adolescence.
By Ellyn Satter, R.D.

Dr. Weller’s Review: This book has information about nutrition, portion-size, understanding kids’ eating habits, and instilling healthy eating habits and body image in children. It’s dense, but well-indexed to read as a reference book. It provides a good introduction to eating disorders, but keep in mind that if eating disorder behaviors are present, it’s time to consult with a mental health professional in addition to a registered dietician.


The Out-of-Sync Child: Recognizing and coping with Sensory Integration Dysfunction
By Carol Stock Kranowitz

Dr. Weller’s Review: Ms. Kranowitz’s book has a place on many providers’ desks. She provides an excellent, detailed review of the range of sensory experiences. Sensory issues are often mislabeled as mental illness in children. It’s one of the first areas to look into if you suspect ADHD or mood disorders. Sensory input plays a big role in Pervasive Developmental Delay, too. This book helps parents really comprehend children’s sensory issues.


Clementine” books
By Sara Pennypacker

Dr. Weller’s Review: Clementine is a kind-hearted, insightful, and impulsive child who gets into lots of trouble. She tells it like it is. I recommend this book for parent-to-child (ages 5- 10) reading at night, for families who have children with ADHD or related issues. Use these books to build dialogues about impulsive behaviors and their consequences. Like lots of kids with ADHD (although I don’t think she has been diagnosed!), Clementine has excellent out-of-the-box problem solving skills, and a great sense of humor. She’s a hoot. There are a few Clementine books.


The Disorganized Mind: Coaching your ADHD brain to take control of your time, tasks, and talents
By Nancy A. Ratey, Ed.M.

Dr. Weller’s Review: I recommend this for older adolescents and college-aged people with ADHD 
(and the people who love them). It has excellent strategies to help identify and overcome your individual barriers to success. Issues such as time mismanagement, procrastination, impulsivity, and distractibility are tackled with unique problem-solving strategies. It is littered with amusing, personal anecdotes by the author, making it a fun read. The text is straightforward and reads like a breeze—refreshing, for a smart, Harvard-educated author!