How Does Childhood ADHD Affect the Family?

Attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) affects not only the child who experiences the symptoms but also the child’s family system and social networks. Each family system must make accommodations to the diagnosed child in order to maintain the family’s stability. Typically, the necessary accommodations by the family are often extensive and affect all family members and roles.…

Common School Problems Faced By Children With ADHD

Symptoms of ADHD (hyperactivity, impulsivity, and/or inattention) often lead to under-achievement in school for the child. Below you will find a list of common learning problems experienced by most children diagnosed with ADHD.  Keep in mind that every child is unique and may have some, but not all of these challenges. Poor Concentration: Includes difficulty…

Creating An ADHD Friendly Home

When a child is diagnosed with Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder it is important to understand that this disorder influences the entire family. Parents of children with ADHD often report elevated stress levels and frustrations around parenting. It is important to keep in mind that “traditional” parenting techniques are ineffective when trying to manage the behavioral problems associated…

The Tomorrow of Treating Childhood ADHD: Beyond Medication

When your child receives a clinical diagnosis of ADHD, many questions/concerns go through your mind.  Most parents say “Does my child have to take medication?” or “What other treatment options do we have?” In the past, ADHD was treated primarily with stimulant medications. The ongoing Multimodal Treatment Study of Children with ADHD (MTA Study) has…