The Parent's Hyperactivity Handbook: Helping the Fidgety Child

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Chapter 1

Finding a Common Ground

This book was written for parents, educators, and caretakers who are dealing with ADHD and other problems of attention and impulse control. The number of people involved with children who have been diagnosed with ADHD or related problems is staggering. The American Psychiatric Association has suggested that as many as 3 to 5 percent of all school-age children may be described as having problems with ADHD. 1 Of these children, three times as many boys as girls have the disorder. ADHD is the most widely researched psychiatric disorder in children. In a recent review of ADHD literature, Johnson reported that in 1977 to 1980 there were over 7,000 professional articles on the topic. 2 Many more children than the 3 to 5 percent noted in research have similar problems with hyperactivity and attention, but they are never formally diagnosed with ADHD.

Teachers, parents, and children deal with issues and problems associated with ADHD on a daily basis. You may find as you read this book that your story of working with a child who has ADHD problems is similar to other parents' and teachers' stories. Your child may have just been diagnosed with ADHD. He may have recently started lying about his behavior. You may have just been told that your child should be held back in the second grade because she is just not mature enough for the older class. As an educator, you may be responsible for making decisions regarding ADHD in your classroom or school program. You may not be sure

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