Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) – Page 2
Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) is a neurobehavioral disorder appearing as behavioural difficulties.
There is also information on Adults and ADHD, Myths about ADHD, a Useful Booklist on ADHD, and Design a Safe Playspace.
Adults & ADHD
Most of the features of ADHD in childhood remain.
Employment may be difficult because of relationship problems and poor memory.
Antisocial behaviour may become so extreme that it may lead to trouble with the law and excess alcohol consumption.
Poor self-esteem may be distressing.
Although you do not grow out of ADHD, you can learn to modify your behaviour.
Employing staff can be an expensive legal minefield!
To find a specialist team of educational specialists to help you fulfil your obligations as an employer, and guide you through the complex maze of legislation, go to our ‘find a specialist online’ webpage.
The maximum compensatory award in cases of unfair dismissal is £56,800!
There is no maximum award for cases of discrimination!
With tribunal awards and settlements continuing to rise, increasing and more demanding legislation and employees increasingly aware of their rights, you should know your legal obligations.
Myths about ADHD
There are many myths about ADHD. You have probably heard quite a few. Some of the ones we have heard are below:
- ADHD does not exist.
- ADHD is a term used for children who are just naughty.
- You can cure ADHD.
- Bad parenting causes ADHD.
- If you are ‘gifted’ you cannot have ADHD.
- Adults do not have ADHD.
- ADHD does not affect children in other countries, outside the UK.
- Most teachers know about ADHD.
- If you have ADHD it is best to take medicine.
ADHD & Booklist
There are many books on ADHD around, too many to choose from, so the list I have below is what parents/carers have suggested to me over the years, so it should be quite good.
All Dogs Have ADHD by Kathy Hoopmann All Dogs Have ADHD takes an inspiring and affectionate look at Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD), using images and ideas from the canine world to explore various traits that will be instantly recognisable to those who are familiar with ADHD.
Following the award-winning style, All Cats Have Asperger Syndrome, charming colour photographs of dogs bring to life familiar ADHD characteristics such as being restless and excitable, getting easily distracted, and acting on impulse.
This delightful book combines humour with understanding to reflect the difficulties and joys of raising a child with ADHD and celebrates what it means to be considered `different’. This absorbing and enjoyable book takes a refreshing approach to understanding ADHD.
ADHD – the facts
by Mark Selikowitz £11.99
ADHD: A Challenging Journey
by Anna Richards £14.00
The Explosive Child
by Ross W Green PhD £10.99
Moms with ADD – A Self Help Manual
by Christine A Adamec £12.50
The ADD & ADHD Answer Book
by Susan Ashley £7.99.
Gut and Psychology Syndrome: Natural Treatment for Autism, ADD/ADHD, Dyslexia, Dyspraxia, Depression, Schizophrenia
Author(s): Dr Natasha Campbell-McBride Qualifications: MD. MMedSci. MMedSci ISBN: 0954852001 Pub Date: Sept. 2004
ADHD - Design a Play Space
We all want to keep our children safe and still provide the most interesting environment for then. The difference of, course, is all children are different and while they may need extra thick crayons when they are one or two years of age, they soon grow out of that.
However, while we have to bear in mind that is the case, I am talking here about designing the, (what I call the ‘bones’) of the playroom.
Children that are autistic for instance may need a room that has calming features, colours, lights, sensors etc. While the child with ADHD, may need more activities where s/he can physically use up more energy, maybe a trampoline etc.
Whatever your child requires has to be taken into account when you design this playroom and has to be able to adapt as they grow older.
While I am not trying to ‘teach parents to suck eggs’, I am merely pointing out that if we can identify needs at the beginning you will get the layout of the playroom correct at the start of the project.
I read an excellent article a week or so ago, which covered most of the things I mentioned above and while this is written under the ADHD section, it could really be under any of the sections on my website.
This article was written by Stacey Rubin, and I have put the link here.