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ADHD and Attention Difficulties: How to Help

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Fintan O'Regan, Sara Cave

  • ADHD and Attention Difficulties
  • ADHD and Attention Difficulties
    Straightforward, practical guide to the issues & challenges faced by children & young people with ADHD & attention difficulties at home & school

200 pages
ISBN: 9781913414122

ADHD and Attention Difficulties provides a complete introduction to this complex and sensitive topic. The book explores the issues, challenges and experiences commonly faced by a young person with ADHD – and how parents, carers, teachers and schools can help.

ADHD is a condition that impacts behaviour. Those affected often seem restless, struggle to concentrate and act impulsively. ADHD affects around 5% of school aged children, especially boys. As many as 75% of individuals with ADHD have at least one other diagnosable condition.

The exact cause of ADHD is not known, but it is thought to have genetic and neurological factors. Researchers have found a range of possible differences in the brains of people with ADHD compared to those without ADHD. The child’s environment can also play a part, as can developmental injury to specific brain regions, drug use during pregnancy and premature birth.

There is no ‘cure’ for ADHD; however it can be managed with appropriate educational support, advice and support for both parents and children, alongside medicine, if necessary.

The premise of the book is that those who struggle with attention difficulties respond best to people who understand that it is neurological deficits, not unwillingness, that prevent them from behaving and learning like their peers. This is a complete, straightforward guide to the issues and challenges commonly faced by children and young people with ADHD and attention difficulties at home and at school – and the practical ways in which parents, carers, teachers and schools can help.

Table of Contents

Series Preface

About the Authors

Authors' Preface

How to Use This Book

Part 1: Introduction

  1. What is ADHD?
  2. Causes and consequences
  3. Assessment and diagnosis
  4. Overlapping issues - Ten key things to know about ADHD

Part 2: How teachers can help

5. Why are they bored?

6. How can I create a class that's ready to learn?

7. Why can't they remember and how do I support them?

8. Organising the disorganised

9. Promoting positive behaviour

10. Why don't they listen?

11. Self-regulation

12. Developing effective rapport, relationships and resilience

Part 3: How parents and professionals can work together

13. The importance of parent-school collaboration

14. Support through referral and assessment

15. The role of medication;

16. Coaching, counselling and CBT

17. Diet, sleep and exercise;

18. ICT and Speech and Language Therapy

19. Transitions

20. Adults & ADHD

Part 4: How parents can help

21. What does ADHD do to a family?

22. Diagnosis: the facts

23. Working with schools

24. Working with teachers

25. Activities outside school

26. Discipline and behavioural changes

27. Social skills and situations

28. A typical day

Part 5: Conclusion and resources

29. Summary

30. Advice for parents and carers

31. Advice for teachers