Attention Deficit Hyperactive Disorder

Symptoms of Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder include difficulty staying focused and paying attention, difficulty controlling behavior, and hyperactivity. ADHD has 3 subtypes: (to be diagnosed with ADD/ADHD one must experience multiple symptoms with in impulsiveness, inattention and or hyperactivity.)

ADHD—Primarily Inattentive Type:
  • Fails to give close attention to details or makes careless mistakes
  • Has difficulty sustaining attention
  • Does not appear to listen
  • Struggles to follow through on instructions
  • Has difficulty with organization
  • Avoids or dislikes tasks requiring sustained mental effort
  • Is easily distracted
  • Is forgetful in daily activities
‍ADHD—Primarily Hyperactive/Impulsive Type:
  • Fidgets with hands or feet or squirms in chair
  • Has difficulty remaining seated
  • Runs around or climbs excessively
  • Has difficulty engaging in activities quietly
  • Acts as if driven by a motor
  • Talks excessively
  • Blurts out answers before questions have been completed
  • Has difficulty waiting or taking turns
  • Interrupts or intrudes upon others
ADHD--Combined Hyperactive and Inattentive
  • Six or more symptoms of BOTH hyperactivity and inattention.
  • Most children have this combined type of ADHD

National Resources

National Institute of Mental Health
National Resource Center on ADHD

Barkley, R. A. (2000). Taking charge of ADHD: The complete, authoritative guide for parents. New York: Guilford Press.
Janover, C., & Powell, R. (1997). Zipper, the kid with ADHD. Bethesda, MD: Woodbine House.
Jensen, P. S. (2004). Making the system work for your child with ADHD. New York: Guilford Press.
DuPaul, G. J., & Stoner, G. D. (1994). ADHD in the schools: Assessment and intervention strategies. New York: Guilford Press.
Monastra, V. J. (2005). Parenting children with ADHD: 10 lessons that medicine cannot teach. Washington, DC: American Psychological Association.
Minskoff, E. H., & Allsopp, D. (2003). Academic success strategies for adolescents with learning disabilities and ADHD. Baltimore, Md: P.H. Brookes.


Services and education offered for individuals with ADHD

Kennedy Krieger Institute
  • Specialized in special education
  • Offer school-based, hospital-based, and recreational programs
  • Provides families with access to a community of programs and resources.

ADHD Family Counseling Center of Central New Jersey
Contains information about ADHD such as:
  • Diagnosis and treatments
  • Finding professional help and support groups
  • National ADHD authorities and organizations
  • Books about ADHD
  • Websites with information about ADHD
Contains information about local doctors and other agencies
  • Help families find services specific for disorders (ADHD)
  • Explains disorders and symptoms
  • Gateway to information on all types of medical needs

ADD/ADHD Services
  • Treatments often used with ADHD (medicine and alternative methods)
  • Multiple links to different kinds of services that can be used
  • Learning Disability resources
  • Famous people with ADHD!
  • Newsletter

Services for ADHD
  • Books
  • Behavior management resources
  • ADHD coach training
  • Parent education
  • Common misconceptions people say about ADHD and how to overcome them

Local Support offered for ADHD

ADHD Support
  • Contains definition and information about ADHD
  • Resources for families
  • Option to join a support group with others in the ADHD community

An online support group and blog for individuals with ADD/ADHD
  • Parenting tips
  • Forums
  • ADD/ADHD information (symptoms, treatments)
  • Blogs

The Total Transformation Program
Program for parents to manage the behavior of their child with ADD or ADHD
  • Features behavioral therapist James Lehman
  • Toll-free parent support line

Chesapeake ADHD Center
  • Treatment center for individuals with ADHD
  • Provides services for children, teens, and adults
  • Offers continuing education seminars about ADD/ADHD
  • Website contains articles and books about ADHD

CHADD Children And Adults With Attention Deficit-Hyperactivity
8181 Professional Pl # 150,
Landover, MD 20785-2264
(301) 306-7070
  • ADHD association
  • Non-profit organization
  • Mental health clinic
  • Advocacy for people with ADHD
  • Provide many resources for families and people with ADHD

Recreational Activities for Individuals with Disabilities
  • Links to all types of nationwide summer camp programs
  • Verifies camps that have experience with kids with ADHD
  • Can find summer camps for any specific disability
  • Find the camps for you based on child's needs
  • Provides links to all camp website pages.
Activities for children with ADHD
  • Provides ideas and activities specific to children with ADHD
  • Give parenting tips for things such as going on vacation
  • Gives links to learn about ADHD in adults and children
  • As the child gets older, the suggested activities mature
EHow and Health
  • Activities for children with ADHD
  • Lists free activities as well as activities that have costs
  • Provides other links to topics such as fitness and nutrition
  • Can be used with children or adults with ADHD
Touchstone Climbing and Fitness
  • Provides rock climbing locations
  • Can focus on different areas such as team building exercises
  • Has specifically designed programs for children
  • Can be a great outlet and activity for children or people with ADHD
  • Great fitness activity
MeadowBrook Stable
  • Horseback riding for all ages.
  • Provide lessons or leisure rides for fun!
  • Have experience working with children with disabilities.
  • Can teach children with ADHD patience and how to follow directions
  • A fun activity for the whole family
  • A good activity for children who enjoy the outdoors and animals

Legal Advocacy and Funding for Individuals with ADHD

ADHD and Autism Advocacy
  • Provides opportunities for the public to become involved in advocacy of ADHD and Autism
  • Includes links to a wide range of resources such as books
  • Has a monthly newsletter that is sent out
  • Provides links for different services including counseling
Podcast from the EDGE Foundation
  • Provides vital information about ADHD
  • Explains educational laws that are required
  • Discusses examples of issues in the laws

Federal Laws Protecting Students with ADHD
  • An explanation of several laws pertaining students with ADHD
  • Students with ADD/ADHD are eligible to receive special help in the classroom
  • Compares and contrasts the ways in which each law addresses students with ADHD

National Resource Center on ADHD
  • America's clearing house for science-based information about all aspects of ADD/ADHD
  • Contains information about ADD/ADHD, diagnosis, and treatment
  • Information about legal and insurance systems, as well as public benefit programs
  • Educational rights for students with AD/HD, college and scholarship programs, and information for teachers
  • Advice for parents and individuals living with ADD/ADHD

National Attention Deficit Disorder Association
  • Organization dedicated to serving the needs of individuals with ADD/ADHD and their families
  • Information and resources relating to AD/HD awareness and advocacy