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The ADD/ADHD Checklist By: Sandra Rief Presented by Morgan Broad

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The ADD/ADHD Checklist
By: Sandra Rief
Presented By: Morgan Broad I chose this book because I am working on towards being a Speech and Language Pathologist (SLP), and as a SLP I know I will be working with many students who have special education requirements. I understand that a lot of children with ADHD have special education needs and that it will help me in the future to learn as much as I can about ADHD now. Some of the main points addressed in the book are:
Definitions and Descriptions of ADHD
Probable Causes of ADHD
What Children and Teens with ADHD Need at Home
Dealing with Hyperactive/Impulsive Behavior at Home
Effective Behavioral Strategies for Teachers
Getting Students Attention
Keeping Students Attention
Strategies for Bypassing Writing Difficulties
Social-Skills Issues and Strategies I have a 19 year old cousin, Jonathan that lives in Southern California and has ADHD. Jonathan has a severe form of the hyperactive/impulsive type of the disease. When he was younger his mother tried homeopathic medicines and changing his diet to help his symptoms. When that and other treatments didn’t work, she went to Mexico to seek help. Currently he takes several types of medicine that are prescribed by a psychologist that he has been seeing for a long time. At times it can be difficult to be around Jonathan as he is easily excited and can get physical. For more information about ADHD, you can visit this site:

http://www.psych.umn.edu/courses/spring05/davenportn/psy3960/other.htm A blog that families can go to for moral support is:

http://adhdmomma.blogspot.com/

Some of the themes present in this blog is how families are taking care of their ADHD children, some of the methods they are using as well as new facts, stories, and basically just talking about their daily life with ADHD in it. If I could ask Sandra Rief five questions, they would have to be:

1) How did you learn so much about ADHD?
2) Are you related or close to someone with ADHD?
3) Do you think there will ever be a cure for ADHD?
4) What do you believe are the causes of ADHD?
5) Currently there are several types of medication that someone with ADHD may be prescribed. Are you aware of any new drugs that are being developed? A quote that stood out to me from the book was that “ADHD is diagnosed between 3 to 9 times more frequently in boys than girls. It is believed that many more girls actually have ADHD and aren’t diagnosed because often they exhibit fewer of the disruptive behaviors associated with hyperactivity and impulsivity. Many girls have the predominantly inattentive type of disorder and are likely not being identified and diagnosed.” (pg. 5) This quote makes me wonder how girls cope with their ADHD, how they deal with the world around them and understand it. Also it makes me consider all the things that I take for granted, and how other people maybe silently struggling.
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