Experts from all over the world take a critical, highly international and often controversial perspective on the ADHD phenomenon – a condition that has reached global proportions, significantly affecting the lives of children, parents and teachers worldwide. This book raises a number of concerns often not covered by the material currently available to parents and practitioners.

Critical New Perspectives on ADHD unpicks the myths surrounding the development of this phenomenon and leaves no stone unturned in its search for answers. An in-depth exploration into the reasons for the emergence and maintenance of ADHD lead to suggested explanations of the dominance of US psychiatric models and the need for new markets for major pharmaceutical companies, as well as the functions that ADHD diagnoses fulfil in families, classrooms and communities.

In a world where moves to educational inclusion are paradoxically paralleled by the ever-increasing use of medication to control children’s behaviour, this book scrutinises current accepted practice and offers alternative perspectives and strategies for teachers and other education professionals. This in an invaluable resource for anyone with a serious interest in ADHD and other behavioural difficulties.

chapter |11 pages


ByJoan Stead, Gwynedd Lloyd, David Cohen

chapter 1|22 pages

Critiques of the ‘ADHD’ enterprise

ByDavid Cohen

chapter 2|11 pages

Canaries in the coal mine

The symptoms of children labeled ‘ADHD’ as biocultural feedback
ByThomas Armstrong

chapter 3|21 pages

Disability, childhood studies and the construction of medical discourses

Questioning attention deficit hyperactivity disorder: a theoretical perspective
ByJohn Davis

chapter 5|13 pages

A brief philosophical examination of ADHD

ByGordon Tait

chapter 6|19 pages

Inclusion and exclusion in school

Experiences of children labelled ‘ADHD’ in South Africa
ByNithi Muthukrishna

chapter 7|13 pages

‘ADHD’ and parenting styles

ByÜstün Öngel

chapter 8|9 pages

The Italian saga of ADHD and its treatment

ByMaurizio Bonati

chapter 9|19 pages

How does the decision to medicate children arise in cases of ‘ADHD’?

Views of parents and professionals in Canada
ByDavid Cohen

chapter 10|20 pages

ADHD from a cross-cultural perspective

Insights into adult–child power relationships
ByKen Jacobson

chapter 11|22 pages

Pedagogy in the ‘ADHD classroom’

An exploratory study of ‘The Little Group’
ByEva Hjörne

chapter 12|17 pages

Managing attention difficulties in the classroom

A learning styles perspective
ByGavin Reid

chapter 13|14 pages


Supporting children in school
ByGwynedd Lloyd