The Books that Keep it Real

Penny Williams is the author of two award-winning books on parenting a child with #ADHD, exposing the genuine grit of the moment-by-moment peaks and valleys of learning to successfully navigate this special parenthood. She is a frequent contributor on parenting and ADHD for ADDitude Magazine, Healthline, WNC Parent, and other parenting and special needs publications. The books are available through, Barnes and Noble, and other select retailers. Look for a book on #autism soon!

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Get Support and Learn ADHD and Autism Parenting #Hacks


Traditional parenting techniques don't work for kids with ADHD and autism. Learn effective parenting strategies for raising kids with ADHD and/or autism by meeting them at their developmental level.


What looks like defiance, laziness, or even stupidity is not, when you're talking about an individual with ADHD and/or autism. Learn how to customize your expectations appropriately.

School Struggles

ADHD and autism can be debilitating in a traditional school setting. Learn what parents and teachers can do to even the playing field and give kids with ADHD and/or autism an opportunity for success.

What it Feels Like to Have ADHD and Autism

This stunning video gives parents, teachers, and other caregivers a glimpse into what it feels like for most individuals who have ADHD and/or autism.

Please commit 2 minutes to watch this video to gain a much deeper understanding of your child and his or her behaviors.

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Parenting Hack #2: The grass isn't greener over there.

The grass isn’t greener over there: Parenting Hack #2

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I’m sure you all know the proverbial saying, “The grass is always greener on the other side.” It means, something else always looks more promising from a distance. It’s a warning that things can be deceptively alluring from a distance. It’s a warning I have finally learned to heed. Finally! When it comes to special […]

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Why I'm Glad My Son was Diagnosed with Autism

Why I’m glad my son was diagnosed with autism.

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  Alright, before you flame me, hear me out. I said I’m glad my son got the autism diagnosis, not that I’m happy he has autism. Of course I’m not happy he has autism! To better understand, you need a little background. 

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How Sandra Bullock taught me all I need to know about special needs parenting.

How Sandra Bullock taught me everything I need to know special needs parenting.

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I don’t know about you, but I’m a sucker for a sappy chick flick, especially those with the adorable Sandra Bullock. Hope Floats resides on my DVR no matter how many times I’ve watched it. And, let’s face it, Harry Connick Jr. can create a bright spot no matter how bad your day has been! […]

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Parenting Hack #1: Calm is Crucial

Calm is crucial: ADHD Parenting Hack #1

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Raising kids with ADHD is tough. They seem to have been born with the gift of instilling frustration even in the most peaceful of humans. It isn’t their intent, mind you. Far from it in fact. But, nonetheless, their innate behaviors can frustrate everyone around them, especially their parents. When a parent is angry or […]

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The Buzz About the Books

  • "Read this well-written, empathetic book right away, feel less alone, and take away not only moral support but also valuable strategies for helping your child, yourself, and your family."
    Susan Caughman - Editor-in-Chief, ADDitude Magazine
  • "Boy Without Instructions reads like a novel, gripping the reader's interest with every page, every word. But Williams isn’t making up stories; she’s living them. She paints a painfully realistic picture of life with a child with ADHD."
    Terry Matlen - Author, Queen of Distraction
  • "If you have a child struggling to scribble between the lines of a ‘typical’ world expectation, this book could enliven your courage to draw new lines of adaption and acceptance for your child living with ADHD."
    Mantu Joshi - Author, The Resilient Parent
  • "This compassionate story will captivate your heart and feed your brain. A must read for all mothers (and fathers, too) of children with ADHD."
    Dr. Patricia Quinn - Author of over 20 books on ADHD
  • "We experience joy to agony and everything in between as Williams takes us on her informative, validating, cautionary, and bittersweet adventure."
    Elaine Taylor-Klaus - Co-founder, Impact ADHD
  • "In her blow-by-blow account of raising a child with ADHD, Williams confronts stigma and ensuing, enveloping guilt with heart-wrenching anecdotes and brutal honesty."
    "Chusy" - Sundance Award-Winning Writer and Director
  • "I suspect this book would have made me a better mother, had I had such a book 10 years ago."
    Katherine Ellison - Pulitzer Prize Winning Journalist
  • "Williams talks about the science, but more importantly, she talks about the lived experience of having a child with ADHD and what you can do to make all of your lives better.”
    Ari Tuckman, PsyD - Author, Understand Your Brain, Get More Done
  • "Williams’ 9-month plan — a culmination of years of research, networking, and advocacy — moves parents step by step from bewilderment to competency and confidence."
    Kay Marner - Co-Editor, Easy to Love but Hard to Raise
  • "From diagnosis to the art of balancing expectations, self, and family, What to Expect leads you step-by-step through the unpredictable journey of parenting a child with ADHD."
    Medical Director of the Comprehensive ADHD Clinic at University of Illinois at Chicago - Dr. Marilyn Griffin