Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD)
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Definition
Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) is a developmental disorder. It is primarily characterized by "the co-existence of attentional problems and hyperactivity, with each behavior occurring infrequently alone" and symptoms starting before seven years of age.

Overview
ADHD is the most commonly studied and diagnosed psychiatric disorder in children, affecting about 3 to 5 percent of children globally and diagnosed in about 2 to 16 percent of school aged children. It is a chronic disorder with 30 to 50 percent of those individuals diagnosed in childhood continuing to have symptoms into adulthood. Someone with ADHD may have difficulity maintaining focus on one task, be easily distracted, daydream, become fidgety and squirm in their seats, be very impatient, etc. Adolescents and adults with ADHD tend to develop coping mechanisms to compensate for some or all of their impairments. ADHD is diagnosed two to four times more frequently in boys than in girls, though studies suggest this discrepancy may be partially due to subjective bias of referring teachers. ADHD management usually involves some combination of medications, behavior modifications, lifestyle changes, and counseling.
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Resources

Articles

Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder - http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Attention_deficit_hyperactivity_disorder
This site gives a detailed definition and description of ADHD, the signs and symptoms to look for, as well as possible factors that may contribute to or exacerbate ADHD. The site also includes the diagnosis and controversaries surrounding ADHD.

Adult ADD/ADHD: Signs, Symptoms, Effects, and Treatment- http://helpguide.org/mental/adhd_add_adult_symptoms.htm#signs
On this site readers will find a variety of information about how ADD and ADHD can affect individuals in many different ways. This article describes challenges that adults may face when diagnosed with these types of challenges and these signs and symptoms can occur with children also. This website also provides the readers with facts and myths about ADD and ADHD.
ADHD: Parents Medication Guide- http://www.parentsmedguide.org/ParentGuide_English.pdf
This article provides families and educators with knowledge pertaining to different types of medication that is available for children faced with ADHD. This artilce also discusses the side effects of these types of medication and other topics that focuses on the intellectual and physical development of a child diagnosed with ADHD.

Powerpoints

ADHD: Strategies for Behavior Management http://www.authorstream.com/Presentation/SGREGORI-668397-adhd-powerpoint/

This powerpoint explores the strategies and practices toward teaching children with ADHD. When teachers are more aware of the struggles of a student with ADHD, they can better help the student and establish a calm structure learning environment.

The Child with ADHD in the School Setting- http://www.cmisforme.org/UserFiles/File/Past%20Event%20Files/ADHD/PowerPointADHD.pdf

This is an important powerpoint presentation because teachers are often the first ones to identify a child who may have ADHD. It gives an overview of what ADHD is, symptoms, treatments, but most importantly - it shares pertinent strategies for classroom management of ADHD.

Videos

ADHD: Signs, Symptoms, Research- http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IgCL79Jv0lc
This 4 minute video talks about some of the signs and symptoms of ADHD; the percentage of children diagnosed with this disease, as well as some of the commonly prescribed medications used to treat ADHD.


How to Recognize ADHD Symptoms in Children - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=u82nzTzL7To&feature=related

This video is a short clip that briefly explains some symptoms children may portray that are faced with the challenges of ADD and ADHD.


ADHD Children: For Parents Of Children With ADHD- http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=u82nzTzL7To&feature=related
This video can be beneficial for parents to view. This video illustrates that ADHD will not hinder a child's ability to succeed.

ADHD and the Brain- http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=u82nzTzL7To&feature=relatedn
In this clip, viewers will learn about research that has been done to understand the functions of the brain and how people's brains are affected that are diagnosed with having ADHD.



ADHD Treatment Still Not What You Think
This video is part of a series of videos created by Dr. Charles Shinaver, a childhood psychologist who has a son with ADHD. He shares videos about the treatment and abuse of drugs prescribed to children with ADHD. In this particular video he focuses on the treatment drugs for ADHD and the impact these have on children taking them. He bases his conclusion on a study conducted by the National Institute of Mental Health with final results released in 2009.


ADHD Interview- http://youtu.be/4Nr3DSaFFQM
This video is composed of an interview of two children, one that could be considered the "norm" child and the other is a boy who is challenged with ADHD.


Books

Parenting Children with ADHD: 10 Lessons That Medicine Cannot Teach (APA Lifetools) by Vincent J. Monastra
This book can assist parents, children, medical professionals and educators about ways that can assist children that may be faced with ADHD. The author discusses topics such as nutrition, medical, psychological and scholarly information to educate people about ADHD.

How to Reach and Teach ADD/ADHD Children: Practical Techniques, Strategies, and Interventions for Helping Children with Attention Problems and Hyperactivity by Sandra F. Rief
This book can be very useful for doctors, parents, children and teachers in respect to understanding and learning how to connect with and comprehend challenges children with ADD and ADHD have. The author provides the teachers with modifications they can apply to their classrooms along with strategies that can be used to assist children with ADD/ADHD.

Understanding My Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (for ages 4-7) by Kara Tamanini, M.S., LMHC
This book can be useful for children to develop a better understanding about ADHD and the effects it has on children. Families, teachers, and children can read and explore this book together and this will provide them with experiences that some children may encounter.

Learning to Slow Down and Pay Attention, 3rd Edition (for ages 6-12) by Kathleen Nadeau & Ellen Dixon
In this story children will be able to learn strategies they can use to help them with taking their time and how ADHD can affect them in different situations. This book contains activites and graphic illustrations that children will enjoy to connect with.

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The Kid Friendly ADHD and Autism Cookbook** by Pamela Compart and Dana Laake
Let's face it, we all have different likes and dislikes when it comes to food. Each of our bodies react differently to the foods and beverages we allow to enter our bodies. This book is a child friendly book and it can provide families and children that are challenged with ADHD and Autism a variety of recipes to chew from.

Blogs

ADHD Parenting Blog: Child With ADHD and Learning Disabilities (LD)/ ADDitude Magazine Blog
This website was introduced by Ellen Kingslet who is a well known writer. This website is user friendly for parents, teachers and children that want to learn about ADHD and how it can affect children in different ways. On this site people explain stories that discuss experiences they have had with ADHD, questions and answers that people have about this disability, successful strategies that parents, children and teachers can use to assist students with staying organized and understanding the affects ADHD has on them. Not only is this website beneficial for parents, children, teachers and those that work in the medical field, but it can be of interest for those that inquire to learn more about ADHD and different affects it has on individuals.

**ADDitude Living Well With Attention Defici**t
This website was created by Ben Glenn who is an educator and a writer. He has struggled with ADHD as an adult. In this blog he shares six keys to building good relationships between parents and teachers. Teachers are an important factor in determining the students' academic success and the parents have the best knowledge of their child. He tries to connect both and to build the relationship that will bring the best in every child, regardless of ADHD or not.

ADD and ADHD Blog: The Internet Blog of Dr. Kenny Handelman
This website was created by a Child and Adolescent Psychiatrist named Dr. Kenny Handelman. He created a website that consisted of updated newsletters that can assist children and parents in regards to ADD and ADHD. Soon he recognized the development of technology and this is when he created this blog website. He uses this website to provide his clients with useful and updated information focusing on the challenges that can occur with understanding and dealing with ADD and ADHD.

Wiki

Leading From the Classroom http://twitter.com/#!/ADHD_AxyLuCoach/status/2376715137449984
On this website educators will find a website address that will connect them with an article that promotes the use of wikis to assist students with their vocabulary skills. As educators, we need to expand our ideas on how we can assist students with their vocabulary skills and instruct them in how to create their own wiki pages for them to document new words they are introduced to. This can be very beneficial for them. This website provides readers with 2 websites that are free to use. They are PBWorksand Wikispaces.

Sticky Notes and Highlighters for Students with ADHD http://wikis.lib.ncsu.edu/index.php/Sticky_Notes_and_Highlighters_for_Students_with_ADHD
This wiki was created by a group of three men and they support a learning strategy which suggests that students with ADHD can benefit from using tools such as highlighters and sticky notes. They reviewed a book that also supports the use of these tools and they summarized the author's ideas. This group of men explains how external image images?q=tbn:ANd9GcTk7_vPRBoKxVdUEq3DMvKszQH-qiFynKfl_P1rWqvFasgjXTEKEQto make use of these tools in different subjects and how to also use sticky notes as a way to communicate with the teacher.