ERIC Number: ED378729
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1994-Oct
Reference Count: N/A
Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder. NICHCY Briefing Paper. Revised Edition.
This briefing paper is intended to improve understanding of attention/deficit hyperactivity disorder (Ad/HD)--what it is, what to look for, and what to do. Three subtypes are identified: (1) the predominantly combined type; (2) the predominantly inattentive type; and (3) the predominantly hyperactive/impulsive type. Causes and incidence of ADHD are briefly addressed. Signs of ADHD are discussed, including inattention, hyperactivity, and impulsivity. Essential diagnostic features of the syndrome based on the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (4th edition) are listed, and components and sources of a professional diagnostic evaluation for ADHD are explained. The discussion of ADHD treatment addresses: effects of improved understanding of ADHD, behavior management, medication, and educational intervention. Provision of special educational services is also considered and basic guidelines for educational intervention are listed. Parents are given suggestions on what to do if their child is found ineligible for services, how to help their child improve his/her self-esteem, and how to find parent support groups. (Contains 7 references, a listing of 21 readings and resources, a listing of 2 policy clarifications of the Department of Education on ADHD, and a list of 6 organizations.) (DB)
Descriptors: Attention Deficit Disorders, Clinical Diagnosis, Elementary Secondary Education, Eligibility, Hyperactivity, Intervention, Parent Student Relationship, Special Education, Student Characteristics, Symptoms (Individual Disorders)
National Information Center for Children and Youth with Disabilities, P.O. Box 1492, Washington, DC 20013 (single copy free).
Publication Type: Collected Works - Serials; Guides - Non-Classroom
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Parents; Practitioners
Sponsor: Special Education Programs (ED/OSERS), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: National Information Center for Children and Youth with Disabilities, Washington, DC.; Academy for Educational Development, Washington, DC.