Understanding ADHD For the Paraprofessional

Understanding ADHD For the Paraprofessional 

More than six million children between the ages of 3 and 17 in the United States have been diagnosed with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD). Children with ADHD often have co-morbid mental health diagnoses and learning disabilities. Left untreated, ADHD can lead to problems at home and school, as well as social isolation. The goal of this course is to teach you the essentials of recognizing ADHD so that you can better assist the individuals you serve. This course covers the most common signs and symptoms of ADHD. You will review the information you need to help children with ADHD get connected with the best resources available. The information in this training is designed for staff of all levels who come into contact with children and adolescents with ADHD. Through a combination of case studies and interactive exercises to reinforce your learning, this course will help you to apply the knowledge you gain about ADHD when you need it most.


Hours: 2.00


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Course Details

Course Code: REL-HHS-0-ADHDPP
Hours: 2
Type: Online Course
Content Expiration Date: 11/30/2022
Learning Objectives:
Describe how to recognize ADHD and its most common symptoms.
Identify three distinct characteristics of ADHD that set it apart from other disorders.
Summarize three effective strategies to employ when working with individuals with ADHD or those who behave similarly.
Recognize when you should consult with your supervisor for further guidance.

Section 1: Introduction A. About This Course B. Learning Objectives Section 2: Overview of ADHD A. Meet Gabe B. What ADHD Is and Is Not C. Understanding ADHD D. Typical Developing Behavior vs. ADHD E. Common Areas of Research F. Review G. Summary Section 3: Detecting ADHD A. Categories and Symptoms of ADHD B. Presentations of ADHD C. Patterns of ADHD D. Recognizing ADHD in Boys and Girls E. Quick Check F. Symptoms of Related Disorders G. Consequences of Ignoring Symptoms H. Lessening Symptoms I. When to Discuss Concerning Symptoms with Your Supervisor J. Meet Garry K. Summary Section 4: Key Strategies for Working with Children with ADHD A. Common Treatments B. Parent and Family Education C. Parent and Family Support Groups D. Behavior Modification E. Parenting-Skills Training F. Medication Therapy G. Quick Check H. Tutoring, 504 Plans, and Special Education I. Tips for Teachers for Classroom Success J. Tips for Dealing with Teens with ADHD K. Tips for Dealing with Younger Children with ADHD L. Meet Sara M. Summary Section 6: Conclusion A. Summary B. Course Contributors C. Resources D. References E. Congratulations

Staff Writer: Naju Madra, M.A.

Naju Madra, M.A. is an internal subject matter expert and clinical content writer for Relias' Behavioral Healthcare library. She earned her Master's degree in Psychology with specific study in neuropsychological assessment for children with Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders. She brings with her a wealth of experience in clinical assessment, along with expertise in large-scale clinical research project management, recruitment, training, as well as in-person and web-based curriculum development.

In addition to scholarly activities such as writing manuals and preparing manuscripts for peer-reviewed journals, Ms. Madra has over 15 years of behavioral healthcare experience ranging from crisis counseling and job coaching for individuals with severe mental illness and co-occurring disorders, to community college instruction, and trauma specialist at the Veterans Health Administration. In her current role, Ms. Madra has contributed authorship to over 100 behavioral healthcare course offerings for both licensed and non-licensed professionals in the Health & Human Services market.

Disclosure: Naju Madra, M.A. has declared that no conflict of interest, Relevant Financial Relationship or Relevant Non-Financial Relationship exists.
Expert Reviewer: Joseph Murphy, Ph.D.
Dr. Joseph Murphy, Ph.D. is a Clinical and Research Psychologist who has extensive clinical and administrative expertise working in the field of Behavioral healthcare at the county and state levels in California, Maryland, Pennsylvania and North Carolina. He has served as a Federal contractor in Behavioral Health. His work supported research at the National Institutes of Health, Bethesda, the Military Operational Medicine Psychological Research Program at Ft. Detrick, and the Defense Centers of Excellence for Psychological Health and Traumatic Brain Injury, Silver Spring, MD. For nine years he was the Director of State Operated Mental Health programs for At-Risk youth in Butner, North Carolina. He developed a number of webinars and a Peer Training course in Older Adult Behavioral Health Literacy for the Pennsylvania Department of Public Welfare, and National Libraries of Medicine. He served as Director of a Wellness and Recovery program in Gaithersburg, MD. Disclosure: Joseph Murphy, Ph.D. has declared that no conflict of interest, Relevant Financial Relationship or Relevant Non-Financial Relationship exists.
Target Audience:
The target audience for this course is: Entry, Intermediate level Direct Support Professionals; in the following settings: Health and Human Services.
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Asynchronous/Online Distance Learning; please see certificate details for specifics on delivery format.
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