Understanding Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) information for parents

American Academy of Pediatrics

This fact sheet provides information for parents all about attention deficit hyperactivity disorder in children.

It covers:

  • ‘What is ADHD?’
  • ‘What are the symptoms of ADHD?’
  • ‘Are there different types of ADHD?’
  • ‘How can I tell if my child has ADHD?’
  • ‘Diagnosis’
  • ‘How can parents help with diagnosis?’
  • ‘How will my child’s school be invovled?’
  • ‘How will others who care for my child be involved?’
  • ‘Co-existing conditions’
  • ‘Are there other tests for ADHD?’
  • ‘What causes ADHD?’
  • ‘Treatment’
  • ‘Setting target outcomes’
  • ‘Medications’
  • ‘Which medication is best for my child?’
  • ‘What side effects can stimulants cause?’
  • ‘Behaviour therapy’
  • ‘How can I help my child control his/her behaviour?’
  • ‘How can my child’s school help?’
  • ‘Keeping the treatment plan on track’
  • ‘What if my child doesn’t reach his/her target outcome?’
  • ‘Teenagers with ADHD’

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