With the kids back in school, a parent's focus shifts from dealing with issues on the home front to those on the school front. For some parents, this might mean getting phone calls from the school about your child's behavior. Some teachers or administrators might even suggest that your child has Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder, or AD/HD. These resources may help you to better understand what this means for your child and your family.
There are three types of AD/HD. Let's take a quick look at each of them:
❑ Inattentive type: your child seems to "wander off" with their thoughts or maybe just "wanders off" literally. They may have a hard time focusing on things they don't find interesting or can't maintain focus on anything for very long.
❑ Hyperactive type: this type is characterized by a child who seems to be "driven by a motor." He or she may blurt out answers before questions are completely asked or can't stay in their desk. They may also seem to be unable to keep from annoying others.
❑ Combined type: this is the combo of numbers 1 and 2 from above.
It's important to point out that all kids have some symptoms of AD/HD at some point. The distinction between those with and without AD/HD is the number of symptoms, how long the symptoms have been present for and at what age the symptoms emerged. The decision about whether or not your child meets the criteria can only be made by a healthcare professional like your family doctor, a psychologist or a psychiatrist.
If you're interested in learning more, here's a short list of resources to check out. Most of these have links to several other resources and they are good starting places. These are reputable and reliable sources of information, and represent some of the best of the best among organizations and individuals.
Children and Adults with Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (CHADD)
301.306.7070 or 800.233.4050
Attention Deficit Disorder Association (ADDA)
The American Psychological Association
This page has a host of links to current and very readable information.
Official Web site of Dr. Russell Barkley
Dr. Barkley is widely considered among professional psychologists (and others) to be the AD/HD guru. His site has a host of resources, and his own publications can be found here.
Howard Buddin has a Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology and is a Neuropsychologist practicing in Mt Pleasant, SC. He is the co-founder of Neuropsychnow.com When he isn't spending time with his wife and son or doing neuropsychology things, he does research things over at The Buddin Research Dynamo.