ADHD and LD Resources from ADDitude Magazine

 

We're here to help you live well with attention deficit and learning disabilities. Below are some of our best resources on how to obtain an accurate diagnosis, how to choose the right treatment, how to find a coach or another ADHD professional, how to select a school or camp, and much more. Visit ADDitudeMag.com for much more. 

Is It Time to Change Schools?

on 12/06/2016 - 11:39 am

Sometimes changing to an ADHD-friendly school can make all the difference. An educational expert describes the options for parents of children who struggle at in the classroom.
by Susan Schwartz
 

Children with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) can learn -- often as well as many of their classmates -- but when they struggle to manage their symptoms, they flounder in the classroom. One of my students, Joseph, was an active, creative 10-year-old, but before he received the appropriate ADD/ADHD treatments and ADD/ADHD school and classroom accommodations, he frequently called out in class and changed gears arbitrarily. He would gather his scattered materials and chat ...

You've Got ADHD — Now What?

on 11/09/2016 - 12:48 pm

Just diagnosed with ADHD? The next step is to figure out your treatment options — which can be confusing and, at times, overwhelming. Here's how to embrace your diagnosis and move forward with the help you need.
Studies show that adult attention deficit disorder (ADHD) is treated successfully with a combination of medication and behavior therapy. But not all adults diagnosed with attention deficit embrace ADHD help and seek treatment. Many see their ADHD-related traits of creativity, ability to multi-task, and entrepreneurial energy as germane to who they are and their successes in life.
"People worry that ADHD treatment will change how they work and how others view them — ...

Your Child's ADHD Evaluation: 6 Diagnosis Essentials

on 10/04/2016 - 11:57 am

To ensure the right diagnosis for your child, first focus on the doctor's workup. Learn what to look for in a quality ADHD evaluation.
If you suspect that your child has ADHD, getting the right diagnosis will require persistence. "Research shows that families consult with, on average, 11 doctors before they find the right one," says psychiatrist William Dodson, M.D. "Don't give up."
Here's what a thorough evaluation should include:
1. TIME: An initial consultation could range from 45 minutes to two hours or more. That time should be spent with the child as well as the parents, looking for signs of ADHD, and for other possible explanations for the symptom ...

How to Diagnose and Treat ADHD in Children

on 09/08/2016 - 11:50 am

A parent's guide to ADHD in children: recognizing symptoms, finding a doctor, evaluating medications, and helping your child thrive.
Imagine a child whose ADHD has been diagnosed and who is getting appropriate treatment. His symptoms are under control, and he's doing reasonably well, socially and academically. Let's call this "Point B." Now imagine the same child before receiving a diagnosis. He's having difficulty at home and at school. Let's call this "Point A."
How do you get from A to B? There's no definitive diagnostic test for ADHD in children -- no blood analysis, no brain scan, no genetic screen -- so it's not easy to tell whether a child has the disorder. And doctors var ...

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