Don't get distracted - It's National ADHD Awareness Month

2013-12-17 13:59:39 by Laurie Schueler, Media Relations Specialist, as posted on the inside.akronchildrens.org blog.

children-on-playgroundAttention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) has undergone many name changes over the years.

Since 1987, we have used the term ADHD to describe a condition where people have problems with inattentiveness, over-activity, impulsivity, or a combination of all three.

For these symptoms to be diagnosed in children as ADHD, teachers and parents must agree that the activity is beyond the normal range for a child's age and development.

There’s no better time than October - National ADHD Awareness Month - to explore this condition. The timing is perfect because October is when many students undergo testing at school.

Meanwhile, their parents are flipping through their calendars to arrange parent-teacher conferences. At these very conferences, many parents and teachers discuss whether students are performing at their full potential.

Geoffrey Putt, PsyD Geoffrey Putt, PsyD

Dr. Geoffrey Putt, a child psychologist and director of family support services at Akron Children’s Hospital, recently spoke with Ray Horner of the WAKR Ray Horner Morning Show about identifying ADHD in young people.

Dr. Putt identifies the signs that indicate a child might have ADHD and talks about the various forms of treatment, including medications.

Horner shares his own experience with his son, who has ADHD and has experienced an upswing in his academic progress since the condition was identified and treated.

Dr. Putt suggests that a child will likely “outgrow” the hyperactivity aspect of ADHD by middle school but the statistics indicate that most children will still struggle with at least one aspect of ADHD as an adult.

Listen here for the complete interview.

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