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ADHD Awareness

Educating the Educators
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Angela Rundh

on 25 March 2013

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Transcript of ADHD Awareness

What does ADHD look like? What is ADHD?

Attention Deficit-Hyperactivity Disorder ADHD in
Children and Adolescents 3 Sub-types

Inattentive

Hyperactive-Impulsive

Combined Inattentive
Careless mistakes
Difficulty maintaining attention
Failure to finish tasks
Easily distracted
Avoid sustained mental effort Combined
6+ symptoms of EACH subtype

Most children & adolescents are diagnosed with Combined type How do we determine if a child has ADHD?

Parent interview
Child interview
Gathering of demographic, school, family, and treatment histories
Commonly use behavior rating scales Hyperactive-Impulsive

Fidgets with hands or feet
Inappropriately runs or climbs
Talks excessively
Blurts out answers
Interrupts others' activities Diagnosis based on:
Severity
Duration
Onset
When & where symptoms are present Frequently diagnosed by:
Physicians
Psychiatrists
Psychologists
Neurologists Diagnosis How can we help? Promote self-management
Educational interventions
Structured environment with limited stimuli
Patience, patience, patience! What does ADHD feel like? http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/misunderstoodminds/experiences/attexp1a.html http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/misunderstoodminds/experiences/attexp2a.html Assessment What are the specific effects of ADHD? Personal Effects Low self-esteem
Depression
Anger
Disorganization
Forgetfulness Lack of concentration
Sleeping problems
Chronic lateness
Possible addictions
Inability to achieve goals Social Effects Lack of friends and social networks
Isolation
Disruption of immediate family (parents/siblings)
Victim of bullying Academic Effects Low grades
Negative relationship with teachers and peers
Incomplete work / forgetting assignments
Removal from class due to disruptive behaviors What are the implications for the role of the school counselor in addressing ADHD? Key Roles of the Counselor Identification and referral
Consultation with teachers and school personnel
Counseling and consultation with parents
Individual and group counseling with students
Advocation; indirect services to help students cope in a supportive environment Intervention Early intervention is crucial!
Prevents academic underachievement Awareness Build awareness with strategies to identify interpersonal, academic, vocational, and life issues

Legislation
Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973
The Education of All Handicap Children Act
Education of the Handicapped Act
Individuals with Disabilities Education Act Transition Help teachers and parents prepare students for major transitions
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