Rabbi Yaakov Horowitz from Project YES has some great columns for parents who are concerned that their children may have AD/HD and who may not be doing well in school:
ADD-ADHD Assessment and Testing
ADD-ADHD Use of Medication
Here's some basic information from the 2nd column on assessment of whether a child may have ADD or AD/HD:
For example, the Washington D.C.-based American Psychiatric Association
lists 14 attributes of ADD/ADHD, of which at least eight symptoms must be
present for a child to be officially classified as ADD or ADHD. Simply review
them and check them off as you go:
___ Often fidgets with his/her hands or feet, or squirms while seated.
___ Has difficulty remaining seated.
___ Is easily distracted by extraneous stimuli.
___ Has difficulty awaiting turn in games or group activities.
___ Often blurts out answers before questions are completed.
___ Has difficulty following instructions.
___ Has difficulty sustaining attention in tasks or play activities.
___ Often shifts from one uncompleted task to another.
___ Has difficulty playing quietly.
___ Often talks excessively.
___ Often interrupts or intrudes on others.
___ Often does not listen to what is being said.
___Often forgets things necessary for his/her tasks or activities.
___Often engages in physically dangerous activities without considering possible equences.
Please note that although some of these attributes may seem
similar, they are not exactly the same. It is also important to note that
ADD/ADHD diagnoses are further broken into three (there are actually several
additional sub-types, but that is beyond the scope of this article) specific
categories, each with its specific clinical presentation that better describes a
1) Hyperactive/Impulsive Type (classic Attention Deficit
2) Inattentive Type (classic Attention Deficit
3) Combined Type (a combination of inattentive and
(Picture courtesy of adhd.ca)
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