ERIC Number: ED385081
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1994-Sep
Does My Child Have Attention Deficit Disorder? How Parents Can Help in Diagnosis.
Brozovich, Richard; And Others
This parent guide provides information concerning the diagnosis of attention deficit disorder (ADD) or attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), explains how parents can be involved in diagnosis, and examines possible concerns of parents. Two case studies are included. Possible signs of ADD or ADHD are identified, as are additional criteria pertaining to how long the symptoms have persisted, the severity of symptoms, and the existence of school or relationship problems. Steps that may be taken if ADD or ADHD are suspected include: discussing concerns with the teacher, continue observing the child, trying interventions, and requesting a professional evaluation for the child. Key points to a comprehensive evaluation and helpful input parents can provide are addressed, along with the subsequent written report and conference explaining the findings. Possible interventions that may be recommended for the child who is diagnosed with these disorders are noted, and the parent is advised to keep records. Problems that may occur when parents and school disagree about the child's problem(s) and appropriate services are also addressed, and eight recommendations for parents whose child is diagnosed with ADD or ADHD are offered. (SW)
Descriptors: Attention Deficit Disorders, Clinical Diagnosis, Disability Identification, Educational Diagnosis, Elementary Secondary Education, Evaluation Criteria, Hyperactivity, Intervention, Parent Participation, Parent School Relationship, Student Evaluation
Oakland Schools, Psychology and Learning Clinic, 2100 Pontiac Lake Rd., Waterford, MI 48328-2735 (1-5 copies, $3 each; 6-10 copies, $2.50 each; 11 or more copies, $1.75 each).
Publication Type: Guides - Non-Classroom
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Oakland County Schools, Pontiac, MI. Div. of Special Education.