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According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), boys are more likely to receive a diagnosis of ADHD due to the symptoms in girls are more subtle and typically do not fit the stereotype. Girls are more likely to daydream, fidget, chatty, overly emotional, and appear “less difficult or “less difficult” than boys.
Women with ADHD are more likely to eating disorders, obesity, low-self-esteem, depression and anxiety.The following websites provide helpful information on ADHD for women and girls.
Signs and Symptoms
- The following sites includes information on identifying the signs and symptoms of ADHD in both women and girls.
ADHD in girls: Symptoms, treatment and more (Healthline)
Gender differences in ADHD (Psych Central)
Common ADHD symptoms in women totally ADD ( Totally ADD)
Common symptoms of ADD and ADHD in women (Health Central)
How ADHD is different for girls (WebMD)
It’s different for girls with ADHD (The Atlantic)
Understanding ADHD in Women (U.S. News)
Understanding the signs of ADHD in girls (Very Well)
Women and Girls– by National Resources on ADHD (CHADD)
- Managing a child diagnosed with ADHD can be challenging. The following articles share tips on raising a child with ADHD. Additional information includes strategies for both children and teens with ADHD.
8 secret tips for parents of children with ADHD (Empowering Parents)
12 rules for parenting a child with ADHD (ADDitude)
ADHD parenting tips (Help Guide)
Does your parenting style work for ADHD (Impact ADHD)
Parenting teenagers with ADHD (Healthy Children)
Your ADHD child: Easy parenting techniques (Child Development Institute)
Resource Articles- Girls
- The following links includes articles specifically on girls with ADHD including parenting a child with ADHD and unique challenges girls face.
Advice for parenting girls with ADHD (Lifescript)
How girls with ADHD are different (Child Mind Institute)
Understanding girls with ADHD symptoms and strategies (Great Schools)
- Below includes a listing of resources on a variety of articles specifically for women with ADHD. Women face a number of challenges including managing and organizing the home and workplace. Additional challenges may include raising a child also diagnosed with ADHD. (ADHD is often inherited).
6 ways to manage clutter with ADHD (Health Center)
ADHD: A women’s issue (American Psychological Association)
ADHD is different for women (The Atlantic)
Adult women are the new face of ADHD (The Daily Beast)
Against the wind: How it feels to be a woman with ADHD (ADD Free Sources)
Is ADHD different for women and girls (Scientific American)
Suffering in Silence: Women with adult ADHD (Medicine. Net)
The hidden struggle for women with ADHD (Broadly)
“That explains everything!” Discovering my ADHD in Adulthood (ADDitude)
- There are a number of websites that are geared towards women with ADHD. I like the websites described below. These sites are written by women with ADHD which includes personal stories and helpful information.
ADHD Roller Coaster– Author, Gena Pera’s website provides news and essays on adult ADHD
Kaleidoscope Society– A website for and by women with ADHD
Smart Girls with ADHD– A website written by women with ADHD includes resources and personal stories.
- The following sites includes a checklist and testing if you believe you have diagnose of ADHD.
Welcome to the July article links. These are articles that I tweeted and or received from viewers during the month of July on special needs and developmental disability topics. A special thank you to Kathleen Carter for the additional special needs links!
10 great autism books for autistic kids (New Horizon Professional ABA Services)
17 things to love about ADHD (ADDitude)
ADHD and addiction- What is the risk (Discovery Place)
How to discuss puberty with your child who has special needs (Friendship Circle)
My son made me a better teacher (ADDitude)
Parenting tips for ADHD: Do’s and don’t (Healthline)
Party planning and sensory processing disorder (Sensory Spectrum)
Secrets of your ADHD brain (ADDitude)
Seizures and seizure dogs (Epilepsy Foundation)
Teens with ADHD: Recognizing signs of depression (Health Central)
The price of special education as autism rates surge (Bakerfield.com)
Understanding dyslexia (Child Mind Institute)
Task Initiation is often a challenge for children and adults with an executive functioning disorder. For a child, it may be lack of initiative in doing homework while for an adult, it may include forgetting or putting off paying bills. Children and adults with task initiation issues generally have a diagnosis of autism, ADHD, Intellectual disability or a learning disorder.
Signs of a task initiation impaired executive functioning skill would be someone having difficulty in getting started on a task and keeping the effort needed in order to complete the task. A child or an adult require external cues in order to complete the task. Also, it will require understanding what is expected and understanding the task. Here are a few strategies:
- Limit Distractions. In the classroom any type of added sensory input can defer the student from getting started in their school work.
- Create a List. Visual support will help to increase getting the work done for a school-age child, you may want to create a to-do list which the steps are broken down into smaller steps. When a person with an executive function is given a task, it may be overwhelming, making it more difficult to get started.
- Use Cues. A clock or a timer will help the child or adult stay on time and understanding the amount of time it will take to complete a task
- Break task down. Create where the work is done in chunks so that the work will not be as overwhelming for the student.
Have you ever conducted a training with employees where you experienced a participant interrupting you while you were talking, blurting out answers before you complete your sentence or appearing not to pay attention? Chances are you may have an employee diagnosed with ADHD.
Most people think of children when they hear the word ADHD, but the fact is that ADHD can continue into adulthood and as a life-long challenge. Currently, 4.4% of the U.s adult population is diagnosed with ADHD. Of these adults, 38% are women and 62% are men.
What is ADHD?
Attention deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) is one of the most common neurodevelopmental disorders which is often characterized by a pattern of inattention/or hyperactivity/impulsivity that can impact workplace learning through making careless mistakes,the inability to complete a task, staying organized and excessive talking throughout the training.
Typically, a person with ADHD, the difficulties lies in the part of the brain that allows people to perform higher level task known as the executive function. 90% of people with ADHD also have an executive function disorder. This is the part of the brain that engages in goal-direction and self-regulations.
Two Types of ADHD:
Types of ADHD
Type 1: Inattention Without Hyperactivity
- Trouble paying attention
- Trouble following direction
- Trouble following through with task
- Easily distracted
- Seems disorganized or careless
- Slow to process information
Type 2: Hyperactivity Without Inattention
- Trouble paying attention
- Impulsive speech and action
- Excessive talking
- Difficulty waiting turns
- May have a quick temper
Challenges Training Employees with ADHD
Workplace learning in most cases for the participant means learning new information, participating in training activities, sitting for a period of time and given direction.
- A participant with ADHD may have difficulty in sustaining attention and remaining focused during lectures.
- May need questions repeated
- May have difficulty in grasping main ideas or details during the lecture.
- Become easily distracted by both internal (day dreaming) or external (noises) stimuli.
- May blurt out an answer before a question has been completed.
- May have difficulty in listening in environments with noise distractions.
- Difficulty in following through with instructions
- May talk excessively
- Difficulty in taking turn in a conversation.
The upside is that often when a person with ADHD is interested in a topic, they may hyperfocus, meaning they will fully participant in group discussion, and show great enthusiasm for the subject matter.
Strategies that help in training employees with ADHD include:
Telling participants what they will learn
Vary instructions- auditory alone will not be effective, participants with ADHD will need visual aids as well.
Allow for frequent breaks.
Summarize key points of the training as a way to reinforce the lesson
Create a leadership role such as assisting in setting up any training equipment and giving out training material.
When possible, alternate between physical and mental activities.
Stick to the expectation of the time. It will be difficult for the participant to sustain focus once a time of dismissal is given.
Conduct a stretching activity for the group when possible, I would sometimes include a game of “would you rather.” This works great but should tie into the theme of the training.
Tips to remember:
A diagnosis of ADHD also qualifies under the American Disabilities Act regarding workplace accommodations.
Welcome to the May article links. These are articles that I tweeted and or received from viewers during the month of May on special needs and developmental disability topics. Enjoy!
5 things I learned from being an autism dad (Fatherly)
7 toilet training tips that help nonverbal kids with autism (Autism Speaks)
9 important things autism moms want people to know (Autism Magazine)
10 steps to include students with autism in general education classrooms (Think Inclusive)
After an autism diagnosis: 13 necessary next steps for parents (Thinking Person’s Guide to Autism)
An overlooked resource- people with disabilities (Think Inclusive)
Author tells own story of life with cerebral palsy (Madison Magazine)
Autism: The hidden talent that shows up in the workplace (Business Standard)
Gaming may help kids with ADHD (The Newspaper)
How to help children with autism make, and keep friends (Chicago Tribune)
The joys and challenges of being a parent with autism (The Atlantic)
Welcome to the February links. These are articles that I tweeted and or received from viewers during the month of February on special needs and developmental disability topics. Enjoy!
10 fun activities for children with autism (education.com)
12 things to remember when working with challenging students (Think Inclusive)
Imaging study confirms differences in ADHD brains (The Conversation)
Sensory processing disorder and autism: Task and the picky eater (Aspergers 101)
Supporting students with autism in the classroom: What teachers need to know (My Disability Matters)
Studies show that in the United States, 6.4 million children between the ages of 4-17 have been diagnosed with ADHD. The average age of ADHD diagnosis is 7. Males are almost three times to be diagnosed with ADHD than females.
The DSM-V defines ADHD as a persistent pattern of attention and or hyperactivity-impulsivity that interferes with functioning of development. Inattention symptoms include the following:
- often fails to give close attention to details
- often has difficulty sustaining attention in task or play activities
- often does not listen when spoken to directly
- Often does not follow through on instructions
- Often has difficulty organizing task and activities often avoids, dislikes or is reluctant to engage in task that requires sustained mental effort.
Hyperactive symptoms include:
- trouble paying attention
- excessive talking
- loud interaction with others
- frequent interventions
- may have a quick temper
The following links provide tools, resources and information for parents and special education educators on providing support to children diagnosed with ADHD.
Information on classroom accommodations including teaching techniques, learning style, schedule, environment, material, assistance and behavior management.
10 ways to support students with hyperactivity and attention needs (The Starr Spangled Planner)
Accommodations for ADHD students (ADDCoach4U)
Classroom accommodations for ADHD(Understood)
Top 20 ADHD accommodations and modifications that work (Promoting Success Blog)
Classroom Tips and Strategies
The following links are tips and strategies that are specific to teaching techniques and helpful information on behavior approaches, rewards, eliminating distractions and seating arrangements
15 strategies to help students with ADHD (Student Savvy)
30 ideas for teaching children with ADHD (Kelly Bear)
ADHD and piano lesson teaching strategies (Teach Piano Today)
ADHD Teaching Strategies for the Classroom( Promoting Success Blog)
How can teachers help students with ADHD (Education World)
Ideas and strategies for kids with ADD and learning disabilities (Child Development Institute)
Setting up the classroom (ADD in Schools)
Supporting students with ADHD (Free Spirit Publishing)
Teaching students with ADHD: Instructional strategies and practice (U.S. Department of Education)
Tips for teaching students with ADHD(ADHD Kids Rock)
Tips and information from websites on helping students concentrate in the classroom.
5 simple concentration building techniques for kids with ADHD (Empowering Parents)
5 ways to improve your child’s focus (Understood)
Ways to improve concentration in kids with ADHD (Brain Balance)
Executive functioning helps students analyze a task, planning, organization, time management and finishing a task. The following links provide articles on understand executive functioning and its relationship to ADHD.
Classroom strategies for executive functioning (Understood)
Executive functioning explained and 20 strategies for success (Minds in Bloom)
Executive function skills (CHADD)
Executive Functioning Issues (Understood)
Handwriting for kids with ADHD (Look! We’re Learning)
Welcome to the December links. These are articles that I tweeted and or received from viewers during the month of December on special needs and developmental disability topics. Enjoy!
10 good reasons to hire a person with Asperger’s (Hub Pages)
Is there a link between sensory processing disorder and anxiety? (Psych Central)
Local yoga instructor brings yoga to classrooms (Learning Success)
People with autism make more logical decisions (The Conversation)
Points to consider when choosing materials (Active Learning Space)
Simple ways to help your child with ASD sleep without medicine (Autism Parenting Magazine)
What does success mean for an autistic woman? (Network Autism)
With the holidays approaching, finding the right gift for someone with sensory issues can be challenging. Fidget toys are great gifts for both children and adults, especially for children diagnosed with autism and ADHD. Fidget toys provides sensory input in a less distracting way. They can help improve concentration and attention to task and also help children and adults focus and remain calm as well as decreases stress and anxiety.Below are links to a variety of fidgets including texture, tactile and visual.