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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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Gifted Children with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder

In the ongoing dialogue about ADHD in gifted children, three questions often arise. Are gifted children over-diagnosed with the disorder? In what ways are gifted ADHD children different from gifted children without the disorder and from other ADHD children? Does the emerging research suggest any differences in intervention or support?

Interview with Author Mark Smith

Mark Smith wrote from his experiences parenting a son with ADHD. "When we were reading everything we could find about the disorder, we were disappointed not to find more books from a child's point of view that showed other children in the same situation, a book to reassure kids that they aren't the only one this is happening to. That's why I wrote Pay Attention, Slosh!"

Interview with Author Debbie Zimmett

"Eddie Enough!" author, Debbie Zimmet shares her inspiration for her book about a third grader, Eddie, whose "...first word was a sentence and I haven't stopped talking since." This short and insightful interview discusses her book about a boy who can't sit still. He wonders why others don't want him as a partner for class projects.

Identifying and Treating Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder: A Resource for School and Home

A valuable resource educators of children with ADHD. The U.S. Dept. of Education shares and easy-to-read outline of tips and legal considerations. Causes, legal requirements for evaluations, treatment options, and hints for effective educational performance are included.

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.


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.

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.

Protecting Students with Disabilities: Frequently Asked Questions About Section 504 and the Education of Children with Disabilities

The Chicago Office of the Office for Civil Rights developed these materials in response to numerous requests from educators, parents and advocates in Wisconsin to clarify the requirements of Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, as amended, in the area of elementary and secondary education.

What to Look for in a Sleepaway Camp

Dr. Larry Silver: Update on ADHD Medications

Preadolescent Girls with Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder

Developmental Trajectories of Brain Volume Abnormalities in Children and Adolescents with Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder

Out of Focus: ADHD Forces Families to Look for Answers

Experts Agree Parents' Role Critical But Polarized On Disorder's Cause

Fast forward: Those with Attention-Deficit Disorders Zoom in on Developing Strengths


Attention Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder

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

Parenting Teens with ADHD Made Simple

Teens. One minute they love you. They want your input and guidance. Next minute, they're super critical and act as if you're an idiotic dork. They want you to be there, but only when they think they need you. They can't figure out why you don't know when to butt out! You can be so stupid, not to mention unfair and out to ruin their lives.

What is ADHD? Is It a Type of LD?

Many parents and educational professionals confuse ADHD and LD. Is ADHD a form of LD? No. Each is distinctive neurologically-based disorder. Each is recognized and diagnosed differently. Each is treated in a different way. The treatment for ADHD will not correct an LD. The treatment for LD will not help ADHD. Of importance is that about 30 to 40% of individuals with LD will also have ADHD. Thus, if you find one problem it is important to look for the other.

When a Sibling is Different

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