ERIC Number: ED368135
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1992
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Children with Attention Deficit Disorders. ADD Fact Sheet.
Parker, Harvey C.
This fact sheet summarizes basic information on Attention Deficit Disorders (ADD), including prevalence and characteristics, causes, identification, treatment, outcomes, and suggestions. Children with ADD comprise approximately 3-5 percent of the school age population, with boys significantly outnumbering girls. Of 14 characteristics of ADD, the presence of at least eight are required for an ADD diagnosis. Hyperactivity may or may not be present. Causes of ADD are unclear though recent biochemical studies show promise. The identification and diagnosis of children with ADD requires the assessment of a wide range of domains with a variety of measures. Most experts agree that a multimodality approach aimed at assisting the child medically, psychologically, educationally, and behaviorally is most effective. Drug therapy is often one part of a treatment program. ADD appears to be an extremely stable condition, with about 80 percent of young children with ADD also meeting ADD criteria in adolescence. Coexisting psychiatric, behavioral, or learning disabilities are common. (Contains a bibliography of 12 print materials for parents and teachers and 7 books and videos for children.) (DB)
Publication Type: Information Analyses
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Authoring Institution: Children with Attention Deficit Disorders, Plantation, FL.