In the United States, it’s now likely that one child in every classroom of 25 to 30 students will have attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), a neurobiological condition that makes paying attention and controlling one’s behavior difficult. ADHD doesn’t affect children exclusively—it can affect teens and adults as well. Browse the following sites to learn more about ADHD and how to manage it successfully.
Children and Adults with Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (CHADD)
More info here. This nonprofit organization that supports individuals with ADHD and their families. Local chapters throughout the United States help families, teachers, professionals, and others who manage ADHD. Find answers to common questions about ADHD, information on research studies, support groups, membership programs, and more.
The National Resource Center on ADHD (NRC)
More info here. The nation’s largest science-based clearinghouse, operated by CHADD. The comprehensive site has resources for all issues affecting individuals with ADHD and their families. Topics include education policies, parenting, life skills, relationships, and workplace challenges.
National Institute of Mental Health
More info here. Find detailed information on ADHD, including news, fact sheets, brochures, and updates on research efforts. Find articles on pattern types, coexisting disorders, behavioral strategies, and treatment options. Additional resources for finding professional help can be accessed here as well.
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
More info here. With detailed information on ADHD and its impact on child development, the site also provides the official diagnostic criteria used to evaluate symptoms.
U.S. Department of Education
More info here. Information on educational policy and laws protecting students with disabilities, including a collection of questions and answers concerning Section 504, individualized education plans, and free access to public education.
National Center on Birth Defects and Developmental Disabilities
More info here. Find information on a variety of topics related to promoting the health of babies, children, and adults. Specific information on causes, prevention, and research can be found here as well.
Resources for Parents of Kids With Disabilities
More info here. Helpful links to the best sites on the Web for parents of kids with disabilities.