Judith Stern Educational Consultant specializing in attention and learning problems

Judith Stern, M.A. is the co-author of these books. Some of her books have been translated into Spanish, Japanese, Chinese, Hebrew, Polish, Arabic, Finnish and Portuguese.

Book - Putting on the Brakes

Putting on the Brakes:Understanding and Taking Control of Your ADD or ADHD by Patricia Quinn, M.D. and Judith Stern, M.A. Magination Press, Washington D.C. 1-800-374-2721

All you need to know about attention deficit disorder is included in this updated edition of the bestselling classic, Putting on the Brakes. Now in its 20th year of publication, Putting on the Brakes remains the essential go-to resource for kids, parents, and professionals looking for tips and techniques on managing attention disorders. This third edition is updated and revised throughout with the latest info, resources, medication types, and glossary terms on ADHD. Written by two nationally recognized ADHD experts, Putting on the Brakes is loaded with practical ways to improve organizational, focusing, studying, and homework skills and contains more strategies for making friends, controlling emotions, and being healthy.

From: Kirkus Review; April 15, 2012

Using simple language and addressing readers directly, the authors first define types of AD/HD and explain current thinking about its behavioral and neurological characteristics. They then go on to offer a basic set of tools and techniques for managing the disorder. These range from building a “Support Team” of adults to using yoga, self-initiated timeouts, medication and other means of controlling emotions and impulses. The authors close with a restatement of their central message, that “[your] AD/HD is just one part of you. Try hard to manage it, and you will have plenty of energy left over to enjoy the many other parts of your life.” Abstract cartoon drawings and photos of smiling children reinforce the overall positive tone. So inclusive is the message that, aside from a single mention that genuine AD/HD can only be diagnosed by a professional, nearly all the advice here about self-control, making friends, establishing good study habits and maintaining a healthy lifestyle could apply to anyone.

Putting on the Brakes Activity Book for Kids with ADD or ADHD, Second EditionPutting on the Brakes Activity Book for Kids with ADD or ADHD, Second Edition by Patricia Quinn, M.D. and Judith Stern, M.A. Magination Press, Washington D.C.  1-800-374-2721

Putting on the Brakes Activity Book is loaded with fun, engaging activities to help children with AD/HD understand themselves better and gain control over their lives. The easy-to-do activities help children learn how to make and keep friends, stay organized, and improve academic skills. When my students tried some of the activities, I saw immediate results, and so did they! 
—Elizabeth Crames Grossman, MA, MEd, 

Learning Specialist and private tutor for children with  special needs

to order:  http://www.apa.org/pubs/magination/441B027.aspx


Book - Many Ways to Learn

Many Ways to Learn - A Kid's Guide to LD by Judith M. Stern, MA and Uzi Ben-Ami, PhD
Illustrated by Carl Pearce

This new edition of the classic book Many Ways to Learn, written by an educator and a psychologist, is for kids with learning disabilities. The goal of the book is to provide children with reassurance and knowledge, in order to live confidently with their disability.

For many kids, dealing with a learning disability can be like climbing a mountain. It can be difficult and overwhelming. But with the right tools, support, and guides, they can successfully reach the top of their mountain. This book provides easy-to-use tips, information, and strategies for kids to take on their disability, as well as empowering them to feel better and more capable.

Updated and expanded throughout, Many Ways to Learn, Second Edition also includes information on how to involve counselors and parents as a supportive "climbing team" as well setting goals and specific tips for kids with each kind of learning disability. 112 pages. 7” x 9”. Full-color illustrations. Ages 8-13.

Reviewed in ADDitude Magazine 2013

"The book is packed with specific strategies, such as the following: When doing math, use graph paper to keep numbers lined up in straight columns; and when writing, use webs to organize each paragraph. The tone is positive and encouraging, focusing on the readers' strengths. The layout is clean, colorful, and attractive, with well-organized content. This is a great new resource for tweens with LD, as well as their teachers and parents."

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Book - The Dyslexia Checklist

The Dyslexia Checklist by Sandra F. Rief and Judith M. Stern.

The Dyslexia Checklist offers parents and educators an essential guide for understanding children and teenagers with dyslexia and other reading and language-based disabilities. The book is filled with the most current research available on the topic and contains a wealth of practical strategies, supports, and interventions. The book's hands-on tools are designed to help strengthen the skills of students across all age levels.

The authors' knowledge, practical focus, and down-to-earth strategies make this book an essential read for educators and parents.”
— William N. Bender, PhD,

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50 Activities and Games for Kids with ADHD by Patricia Quinn, M.D. and Judith Stern, 
M.A Magination Press, Washington, D.C. 1-800-374-2721

Fun activities for children to do, to learn more about themselves and pick up new ideas for coping with ADHD


Putting It All Together: A Curriculum Guide for Leading Groups for Students with ADHD by Patricia Quinn, M.D. and Judith Stern, M.A.

This guide was written for use by school nurses or counselors. It provides all that is needed to conduct a 12 session group to help students understand and deal with ADHD.

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