ADHD in Education Websites
- TeacherVision ADHD
- ADDitude Magazine
- Child Mind Institute
The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) estimated that about 6.4 million children ages 4-17 were affected by Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) in 2012. The U.S. Department of Education found that ADHD impacted student learning, including academic performance, increased dropouts, and lower rates of college entry and completion. Parents, teachers, administrators and school staff can access a number of excellent websites about ADHD in education. It’s difficult to choose only five, but the following sites all offer good information about ADHD that can benefit teachers and schools.
CHADD.org is a national not-for-profit organization devoted to children and adults with attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder. CHADD’s website hosts the National Resource Center on ADHD and a “Teacher to Teacher” video and webinar resource. The website also offers a toll-free number to talk with a specialist in ADHD, a weekly newsletter. Chat and messaging functions also support peer to peer learning. The National Resource Center for ADHD is sponsored by CHADD and available on the CHADD website.
ADDvance is a professional resource site for the Center for Girls and Women with ADHD. Kathleen Nadeau, Ph.D. and Patricia Quinn, M.D. are the site co-sponsors. Each is a healthcare professional with years of experience in diagnosing and treating children with ADD and ADHD. The site provides articles and checklists to diagnose ADD and ADHD in girls, a self-assessment inventory for adults, books about gender issues and ADHD, and the Focus Series of online articles.
Teacher Vision is a teacher-sponsored website that offers worksheets, powerpoints, articles, school packets and more for K-12 educators. The site features many resources and handouts for teachers working with students with ADHD in their classrooms. Some stand-out resources include a Parent-Teachers guide for students with ADHD and articles about school issues and interventions that can work. Articles provide strategies for effective teaching and learning with ADHD students.
In addition to specific articles that offer skills to teachers in working with ADHD students, ADDitude offers an online magazine for children and adults with ADD and ADHD. In-depth articles help teachers understand different forms of ADHD and ADD. Practical coping skills for teachers include clear rules and expectations with positive rules, such as “come into class, check your assignments, and start working quietly,” instead of negative commands. On-demand webinars and web tutorials may also help teachers and parents.
The Child Mind Institute offers education, in-depth articles, videos, and many other types of information and support for educators, parents, and professionals. The Institute provides information about behavioral, emotional, and cognitive learning differences, including ADD and ADHD. The Institute offers a well-designed website section devoted to actionable classroom strategies for teachers with ADHD students. The website also includes success stories and downloadable reports and parent-teacher guides.
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ADHD affects learning outcomes, classroom behavior, and a child’s ability to cope. Not every child with ADHD will exhibit the same behaviors or have the same needs while in the classroom. Educators have many websites to find up to date information about ADHD and access strategies to help their students succeed.