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. 

Finding a Doctor or Therapist Who Works for You

on 08/07/2017 - 02:45 pm

Helpful criteria for choosing a doctor, therapist, counselor or other ADHD professional.
There are few professional relationships that are more personal than that of a doctor and patient. Trust and comfort are crucial if therapy is to be a success. Having said that, it is also important that the person treating you knows what he or she is talking about.
Step One: Know What You Need
What qualities in a health care provider are important to you? The following is a list of traits that people most often mention when asked what they want from a health care professional. When finding a doctor that suits your needs, you may or may not agree that every one of these qualities is importan ...

Psychologist or Coach — Which Should I See?

on 06/14/2017 - 01:45 pm

In general, psychologists facilitate healing, while ADHD coaches facilitate action.


A psychologist spends more time on the emotional aspects of having ADHD and can treat co-existing conditions such as mood disorders and anxiety. Coaches help clients develop skills and strategies to overcome executive function deficits such as planning, organizing, and time management. Coaching provides more accountability, so a coach may offer more frequent (possibly daily) contact between sessions to help keep clients on track.
Coaches can — and often do — work on emotional challenges to some extent, and psychologists work on life skills. The difference is the degree to ...

Why Summer Camps Work For Children with ADHD

on 05/04/2017 - 03:49 pm

Thinking about sending your child to camp this summer? Consider these qualities that make camp a fun and useful journey for a child with ADHD.

After a long trip to camp from the airport, a young camper got out of the van, threw his head back, spread his arms, and said, “Ahh, I’m home.” John Willson, executive director for SOAR, which operates summer camps for children with ADHD in Balsam, North Carolina; Dubois, Wyoming; and internationally, likes to tell this story to drive home the fact that kids should feel excited about attending summer camp, as if it were a second home.
“You want camp to be like that for kids,” he says. “That’s what par ...

Better-Trained Pediatricians Reduce Patients’ ADHD Symptoms

on 04/11/2017 - 11:27 am

A project aimed at improving pediatricians’ understanding of ADHD diagnosis and treatment did more than give the doctors increased knowledge and confidence — it also reduced their patients’ symptoms by more than 10 percent.
The pilot program, organized by the Chapter Quality Network (CQN) of the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP), ran from December 2015 to January 2017 and was based on the AAP’s guidelines for diagnosing and treating ADHD — guidelines that are widely regarded as the industry standard.
Pediatricians from New York, Ohio, Texas, Georgia, and Arkansas received education on medication management, behavior therapy, and diagnostic process ...

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