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ABCs of ADHD

This section provides teachers with basic information about ADHD. The information presented here may also be helpful to other professionals involved in the care and management of youngsters with ADHD (for example, primary care physicians, pediatricians, psychologists, social workers, child-care workers) and parents.

The first two components provide specific information to help teachers and other professionals understand what the behavioral symptoms of ADHD look like in preschool, elementary school and high school. These components also aim to dispel myths about ADHD as well as highlight what is currently known about the causes of ADHD.

Introduction to ADHD describes the behavioral symptoms of ADHD in the school setting and how the symptoms vary from moment to moment and in different contexts, and may look different in students with additional types of problems. It also describes the teacher's role in the assessment and referral process.

Myths and Facts about ADHD aims to dispel several common myths about ADHD by providing information based upon extensive research about changes in symptoms and impairments across the lifespan and the multiple causes of ADHD.

The next two components provide specific information about the cognitive and academic difficulties associated with ADHD to help teachers, other professionals, parents understand that ADHD is more than a behavioral problem — it is now understood to be a type of learning problem.

Rethinking ADHD from a Cognitive Perspective describes common cognitive difficulties in ADHD, including executive functions, working memory, and processing speed, and discusses the educational implications of these problems

Rethinking ADHD in the Classroom describes how ADHD impedes academic achievement when students do not receive adequate support and treatment. It also provides specific information about the type of academic problems that commonly occur in ADHD to help teachers think about school-based instructional and behavioral management plans