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Attention Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD), although not a learning disability, can affect one's ability to succeed. Individuals with ADHD often have trouble paying attention, sitting still, or finishing tasks. Read more about the prevalence, symptoms, and treatment of ADHD.

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A Framework for Parenting a Child with ADHD

The basics of parenting a child with ADHD integrate the best of the research with the realities of busy households. Using this framework helps contribute to a smooth running home and a calmer family setting.

A Group Counseling Intervention for Children with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder

This article describes a six-session group counseling pilot intervention to help students with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) understand its effects on their classroom performance and to learn and practice a repertoire of school success skills. Children are lead on a "journey" in which they learn they are different travelers in the world of education and often take alternate routes to their destinations (academic, personal-social, and career goals).

A Mother's Tale of Middle School Transitions

If you are both a teacher yourself and the parent of a learning disabled child, shouldn't it be easy for you to ensure your child receives appropriate services, including testing and IEP implementation? Maybe, maybe not. Check out one mother's perspective as parent, colleague, and advocate.


The behaviors of a child with ADHD can be hard to understand sometimes — especially if a child is seen only once or twice a week in a group after-school activity. Do you recognize Billy? His behaviors are often seen in children with ADHD.


ADHD and Communication

With any conversation or interaction, our expectations of the outcome influence how we hold ourselves, our choice of words, and our tone of voice. Learn more about ADHD and communication.

ADHD Evaluation

Skilled evaluation is an integral step towards fully and compassionately understanding a child's experience. Learn more about ADHD evaluation.

ADHD Teacher Knowledge of Stimulant Medication and ADHD

Teachers play a critical role in identifying and treating ADHD. Their observations form the core of the eventual diagnosis, and their feedback helps shape treatment, especially with stimulant medication. But how knowledgeable are they about ADHD and treatment medications? This study examined teachers about this topic — find out the surprising results.

ADHD: Building Academic Success

Many children labeled at-risk – including those disabled by Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) – fail to thrive, or even survive, in current school environments.

ADHD: Attention Doesn't Half Describe It

When appropriately identified, ADHD is no different than any other medical condition. Mark Bertin digs into the stereotypes surrounding ADHD.

ADHD: Same Label, Different Settings

My overall approach in solving behavioral problems is crystallized in the title of a small book I wrote for School-Age Notes in 1995, Discipline in School-Age Care: Control the Climate, Not the Children. In it, I asked providers to think about an essential question: Do the behavior problems we see "live" within certain children and will they inevitably act out these unacceptable behaviors once they enter our space? Or do they "come alive" in our environments?

An American Family: Two Siblings Work to Fix a Broken System

After seeing how her brother's undiagnosed and untreated ADHD hurt his future, Karran Harper Royal has become an advocate for early diagnosis and treatment of ADHD. Her experience has universal resonance, but African Americans are a group of particular concern for her because of the evidence of undertreatment in that community.

Assessment for Adults with LD and/or ADHD

Information on assessment and who can diagnose LD or AD/HD in adults.

Attention Deficit Disorders and Gifted Students: What Do We Really Know?

"Gifted" and "ADHD" used to be consider mutually exclusive, but researchers have realized the two can coexist. And when they do, misdiagnosis often occurs; typically a gifted student is mistakenly identified as ADHD. But the other misdiagnosis occurs as well; the ADHD of a gifted child is ignored. But once identified as LD and gifted, what happens? Learn more about the situation as well as possible actions.

Attention Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder

A comprehensive guide on AD/HD from our partners at the National Dissemination Center for Children with Disabilities (NICHCY).

Attention Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder Fact Sheet

National Dissemination Center for Children with Disabilities provides a basic fact sheet on ADHD, with tips for parents and teachers. Symptoms and treatment of ADHD are discussed.

Bridging My Two Worlds

Jill Lauren's That's Like Me! is a book about 15 students with disabilities who face challenges in school but express their creativity and talents through hobbies. In the foreword, excerpted here, children's book illustrator Jerry Pinkney describes growing up with two personas: Jerry the gifted artist and Jerry the struggling reader.

Central Auditory Processing Disorder: When is Evaluation Referral Indicated?

Children with Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder: Peer Relationships and Peer-Oriented Interventions

Coaching Kids With LD and ADHD in Sports

Coaching kids with LD and ADHD in sports involves challenges and rewards for parents and coaches alike.

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