Booklist from the original ADD Coach Training

ACO Conference Binder 2012 –
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Madelyn Griffith-Haynie – Part 4d

“It takes a village to educate a world.
~  Madelyn Griffith-Haynie

“If the shoe doesn’t fit, don’t blame the FOOT!”
~  Madelyn Griffith-Haynie (the motto of OFI’s ADD Coach Training)

Required Reading
for OFI ‘s ADD Coach Training

The following were the Required Books for the original ADD Coach Training I delivered through my first company, The Optimal Functional Institute™ [OFI]

I chose these books initially because they contained information that I intended to refer to throughout the  Coach Training modules that made up the certification-compliant, ADD-specific coach training that I began in beta way back in 1994  —  the training that started a field.

To keep my student’s initial investment low, I chose the following books as ones I would refer to often because they were (and are) approachable, written in simple language, with great lists and descriptions of what these new ADD coaches would encounter with attentionally challenged clients.

Specific sections of these books were  required as background information for class discussions, in addition to the module content that I developed.

I required the following books specifically because they had already languaged beautifully many of the elements that I felt it important to point out in specific areas of their training.

Two of the original choices, Susan Setley’s Taming the Dragons and
Thom Hartman’s Focus Your Energy, subsequently went out of print,
but if you can find them used, nab them!

As time marched on, other excellent books became part of the bibliography that those enrolled received with their course materials.

If you are an ADD Coach, regardless of where or when you trained, you will want these Required Books, and many others, on your personal and professional bookshelves.

Required for ALL OFI trainees:

  • Driven to Distraction, Edward M. Hallowell, John J. Ratey
  • You Mean I’m Not Lazy, Stupid Or Crazy?!, Kate Kelly, Peggy Ramundo
  • Total Concentration, Harold Levinson
  • Thom Hartmann’s Complete Guide to ADHD, Thom Hartmann (replacing the out-of-print Focus Your Energy)

A fifth and sixth book of their choosing from the following:

  • ADD and Addiction, Wendy Richardson
  • Windows into the A.D.D. Mind, DrDaniel G. Amen
  • A Comprehensive Guide to ADD in Adults, Kathleen Nadeau, ed.
  • What Does Everybody Else Know That I Don’t?, Michele Novotni
  • A User’s Guide to the Brain, Dr. John J. Ratey
  • Women With ADD; Journeys through ADDulthood, Sari Solden
  • Coaching College Students with AD/HD, Patricia Quinn et al
  • ADD and the Law, Peter S. Latham, Patricia H. Latham
  • 12 Steps: A Key to Living With ADD, Friends in Recovery
  • Taming the Dragons, Susan Setley
  • ADHD Secrets of Success, Thom Hartmann, Wilson Harrell (Afterword)

Books (at the time) by Guest Speakers for
The ADD Hour™ Expert Speakers Series

ALL of whom donated their time to share their expertise, by the way —
since I didn’t charge attendees, I had no funds to pay speakers

  •  The Parent Coach, Dr. Steven Richfield
  •  The Edison Gene: ADHD and the Gift of the Hunter Child,
    Thom Hartmann
  •  Conquering Chronic Disorganization; ADD-Friendly Ways to Organize Your Life, Judith Kolberg with Kathleen Nadeau
  •  ADD and Romance: Finding Fulfillment in Love, Sex, and Relationships,
    Dr. Jonathan Scott Halverstadt
  • Attention Deficit Disorder: Diagnosis and Treatment from Infancy to Adulthood, Dr. Patricia Quinn
  •  Understanding Women with AD/HD;  Understanding Girls with AD/HD,
    Dr. Patricia Quinn, with Kathleen Nadeau
  •  Putting on the Brakes: Young People’s Guide to Understanding ADHD;  The “Putting on the Brakes” Activity Book for Young People with ADHD, Dr. Patricia Quinn
  • ADD and the College Student: A Guide for High School and College Students with ADHD; Coaching College Students with AD/HD: Issues and Answers Dr. Patricia Quinn
  • Learning a Living: A Guide to Planning Your Career and Finding a Job for People with Learning Disabiliites, Attention Deficit Disorder,
    Dale S. Brown
  • Reweaving the Autistic Tapestry: Autism, Asperger’s Syndrome, and ADHD. Lisa Blakemore-Brown


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About Madelyn Griffith-Haynie, MCC, SCAC
Award-winning ADD Coach Training Field founder; ADD Coaching field co-founder; [life] Coaching pioneer -- Neurodiversity Advocate, Coach, Mentor & Poster Girl -- Multi-Certified -- 25 years working with EFD [Executive Functioning disorders] and struggles in hundreds of people from all walks of life. I developed and delivered the world's first ADD-specific coach training curriculum: multi-year, brain-based, and ICF Certification tracked. In addition to my expertise in ADD/EF Systems Development Coaching, I am known for training and mentoring globally well-informed ADD Coach LEADERS with the vision to innovate, many of the most visible, knowledgeable and successful ADD Coaches in the field today (several of whom now deliver highly visible ADD coach trainings themselves). For almost a decade, I personally sponsored and facilitated seven monthly, virtual and global, no-charge support and information groups The ADD Hours™ - including The ADD Expert Speakers Series, hosting well-known ADD Professionals who were generous with their information and expertise, joining me in my belief that "It takes a village to educate a world." I am committed to being a thorn in the side of ADD-ignorance in service of changing the way neurodiversity is thought about and treated - seeing "a world that works for everyone" in my lifetime. Get in touch when you're ready to have a life that works BECAUSE of who you are, building on strengths to step off that frustrating treadmill "when 'wanting to' just doesn't get it DONE!"

3 Responses to Booklist from the original ADD Coach Training

  1. annieller says:

    We need to eat to keep up our strength for reading – and talking! (and in your case, writing). 😀


  2. annieller says:

    I think has taken my summer reading list into the category of morbidly obese!


    • LOL! Keep telling yourself that you don’t have to read them ALL, Annie, or at least all at once!. 😀 Remember, I’ve been at this for 25 years, I live alone, and I don’t have a television. It took quite a few years to get to the point where I was familiar with all the “big words” and their implications, but I can now speed read most of this stuff.

      As overwhelming as these lists may seem at first, I’m hoping to spare you the Amazon boggle (hundreds and hundreds of decisions!) — as well as pointing you to books where your reading time will be rewarded with information that will help vs. confound.

      Some of the information out there is simply WRONG about ADD, and some is incendiary. So for those who tend to second guess themselves and/or ruminate, the books on my lists are choices that are LESS likely to inspire those behaviors.

      ALSO, not every reader (or client) is hoping to find the same kind of help. Think of these as CHOICES. Print them out, file them in your class notebook, and take a quick look for a resource when the need arises. You will expand your knowledge base over time — meanwhile, you have been smart enough to enroll in a training, giving you a situation where you have backup. You don’t have to know it ALL *before* you can coach! I certainly didn’t.

      1. START by reading all the books on the required reading lists for the classes you are taking, and file my blog suggestions in the reference section of your class binder.
      2. Build your personal reference library bit-by-bit. When you have some time and a bit of money, check out what you can pick up used at Amazon for, basically, the cost of shipping (so that when you need the info, the book is already available).

      One thing that I like to do is check the books out of the library to peruse for free. I star the ones I KNOW I’m going to want to highlight and underline (on my “to read” lists) — and I keep an eye on Amazon (via quite a few targeted wishlists, as well as the “save for later” section of their shopping cart).

      Like you, I’m guessing, my appetite for reading is voracious, so I need to purchase used ones so I can afford food as well as books. ::VERY big grin::


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