Articles from ADDitude Magazine

 

All of ADDitude's articles are designed to help you live well with attention deficit and learning disabilities. Here, we share 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.

"Dear Teacher"

Want to ensure a smoother start to the school year? Write a letter introducing your child with attention deficit disorder (ADHD ADD) to his new teacher. Use our sample letter to create your own.BY ADDITUDE EDITORS

Writing a letter to introduce your child to his new teacher will help start the school year off right. You'll want to discuss your child's symptoms of attention deficit disorder (ADD ADHD), dyslexia, or other learning disabilities, his ADHD medication, if he takes one, as well as accommodations that have helped him succeed in the classroom. Here’s one parent’s letter, which may give you some ideas for creating your own.
 



 

To Zachary’ ...

Campfire Confidence: ADHD Summer Programs That Build Skills and Confidence

These ADHD summer camps offer more than canoe trips and S'mores. Here's how three ADHD boys built up self-esteem, social skills, organization, and academic strategies at sleep-away camps that made a difference.
By Melissa Orlov
 
Shira Nayman says that her son Lucas' ADHD makes him easily distracted, and that this inattention factors heavily in choosing a summer camp for him. "I wanted my son to have all the adventures that spirited boys enjoy, but in a safe environment. He's fun-loving and active, but I worried about his safety at a mainstream camp."

Distraction wasn't Shira's only consideration. Having him -- and his ADHD -- be accepted and appreciated were also high on her list ...

ADHD Summer Camp: Choosing the Best Program for Your Child





Summer Camp Advantages

Highly Trained Staff ADHD and LD camps often employ counselors who are trained psychologists, social workers, occupational therapists, teachers, or speech and language pathologists.

Individual Attention 
A high staff-to-camper ratio allows counselors to build mentor relationships, and to teach social lessons and life skills and maintain behavioral standards. In fact, many ADHD camps have large staffs to ensure that a sense of community is the hallmark of their programs.

Social Skills Instruction 
Virtually all ADHD camps provide social skills training, with a focus on team building. Social skills are integrated into daily activities (helping one anothe ...

Who Can Diagnose ADHD?

Titles and job descriptions can be confusing, especially in the alphabet soup of PhDs, M.D.s, LCSWs and others. What difference does it make?
By ADDitude Editors
Choosing the appropriate professional for diagnosis and treatment can be hard. Each specialty has strengths and weaknesses. Here is a short list of who does what when it comes to diagnosing attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD).
 
The PsychiatristA psychiatrist, an M.D. who treats the brain, may prescribe medication or other treatment.Advantages:

Trained in diagnosis
Able to diagnose, prescribe medication and treat.

Disadvantages

Cost - fees usually start about $200 an hour and go up from there.
While ...

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