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’ ...
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 ...
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 ...
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.
Cost - fees usually start about $200 an hour and go up from there.
An accurate diagnosis of attention deficit disorder isn’t easy to come by, but it is essential to your good health. Find out where to go, what to expect, and how to prepare for the tests and consultations associated with an ADHD diagnosis.
By Laura Flynn McCarthy
You’re worried. Your son’s teacher sent home a note saying that his lack of focus is holding him back in class.Your daughter phoned a classmate to set up a play date, and was turned down for the third time. The so-called “friend” told your daughter that she’s weird.Or perhaps you are concerned about your job. You were late to work twice last week, and you f ...
Important considerations every adult with ADD should make when interviewing prospective coaches.
By Susan Lasky and Harold Meyer
Coaching is an investment of time and money. Spend them wisely. Here are some basic questions to ask a prospective coach:
How long have you been an ADHD coach? Do you coach full-time or part-time?
Approximately how many people have you coached—and over what period of time? How many of your clients have had ADHD?
What kind of training do you have, and how extensive is it?
What are your areas of expertise (working with entrepreneurs, artists, parents, couples, men, or women; setting goals for relationships, career development, or ...
Shopping for a Coach
By Laura Flynn McCarthy
What’s in an ADHD Coaching Degree?
Anyone can hang out a shingle and call himself an ADHD coach. While training in ADHD coaching doesn’t guarantee life-changing results for the client, it is one clue that the coach is qualified to work with clients who have the condition. Consumers need to understand what constitutes training, says coach Nancy Ratey.
“A coach receives a certificate that says they’ve completed training from an accredited institution,” she explains. “The certificate doesn’t tell you how long they’ve been coaching or how competent they are.” With thos ...