Attention Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD)

ADHD is one of the most common neurobehavioral disorders affecting children and adults.  It is characterized by problems with attention, impulsivity, and overactivity and may also co-exist with other conditions, such as learning disabilities.  Browse the sections below to find out more about this condition.

Introduction and Background Information
Additional Resources on the Web 

Introduction and Background Information

Fact Sheet: What You Should Know about ADHD
Outlines the different types of ADHD and lists important ways you can help a child with this disorder.

Attention & Learning Problems: When you see one, look for the other
Expert Dr. Karen Miller explains the difference between ADHD and LD and offers helpful tips on how to recognize each problem in children as well as key resources, websites, and books for further information.

LD and AD/HD: LD Online Chat 
Featured expert, Karen Miller focuses on the co-occurrence of learning disabilities and attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) throughout the life span in this June 21, 2006 LD Talk.  Dr. Miller is a Developmental Behavioral Pediatrician at The Floating Hospital for Children, and an Associate Professor of Pediatrics at Tufts University School of Medicine in Boston, Mass.

Confusion over ADD/ADHD and Learning Disabilities: People are often confused about Attention Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (ADD and ADHD) and learning disabilities (LD), and not without cause.

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Additional Resources on the Web

Support Organizations for people with AD/HD:

Children and Adults with Attention Deficit Disorder (CHADD)
CHADD is a nonprofit organization serving individuals with AD/HD and their families.

The National Resource Center on ADHD (NRC)
NRC is the national clearinghouse for the latest evidence-based information on ADHD (It is a program of CHADD).

Attention Deficit Disorder Association (ADDA)
Adult ADD resources, help, information, and support.

General Information:

A Detailed Booklet on Attention Deficit/ Hyperactivity Disorder
Published by the National Institute for Mental Heath on ADHD. 

ADHD In Depth
This LD Online resource includes articles, Q&A's on the topic, and recommended books and links for further research.

This site has a host of resources including a checklist for girls and women of "red flags" for ADD in females.

Identification, Treatment and Teaching Strategies:

Identifying and Treating Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder: A Resource for School and Home
Offices of Special Education Programs, U.S. Department of Education

Medication Management for ADHD
National Resource Center on ADHD

Teaching Children with Attention Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder: Instructional Strategies and Practices
Office of Special Education Programs
Designed for teachers, other school staff, and families, this report describes an overall strategy for successfully instructing students with ADHD. Suggestions of research-based academic instruction, behavioral interventions and classroom accommodations are provided.

Transition and Adults with ADHD:

Harvard Study Suggests Significant Prevalence of ADHD Symptoms among Adults
The survey is known as the National Comorbidity Survey Replication (NCS-R) and is part of a series of tracking surveys supported by NIMH and conducted by researchers at Harvard Medical School to assess the state of mental health of the nation.

Parent's Guide to Helping Teens with LD or ADHD Transition to Adulthood