Online Class: Attention Deficit Disorders — ADD and ADHD

This research based introductory course will provide comprehensive information on Attention Deficit Disorders.

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  • 10
    Lessons
  • 16
    Exams &
    Assignments
  • 2,356
    Students
    have taken this course
  • 7
    Hours
    average time
  • 0.7
    CEUs
 
 

Course Description

Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) affects millions of children and adults all over the world. Although it is considered a mental health issue by some medical practitioners, ADHD is actually a complex neurobiological disorder, thus, it cannot be treated by therapy alone. There are many excellent new drugs which are effective and non-addicting which are proven to help those who suffer with this disorder. Additionally, there are homeopathic options available today that were not available in the past. ADHD is not caused by bad parenting, psychological trauma or drug addiction. Although, ADHD is not purely a mental health disorder, psychological counseling (combined with medication) can assist by teaching behavior modification techniques. Having ADHD is not anything to be ashamed of, in fact, many creative, intelligent, successful, productive people have been diagnosed with this disorder. This course will cover many aspects of ADHD and will help clear up myth from fact. This course is appropriate for those who want to learn more about attention deficit disorder and attention deficit hyperactivity disorder.

The most troublesome ADHD behaviors and characteristics will also be covered in this course. It is important to know that a professional should diagnose ADHD and that the symptoms should be "chronic" and ongoing before seeking treatment. For all purposes regarding ADHD, the chronic behaviors should be continual and sustained over a long period and cannot be easily attributed to environmental factors such as moving, divorce, illness, death in the family, a new baby in the house, or a family crisis. All of these changes and situations, whether or not they are perceived as positive or negative, can and do cause ADHD like symptoms in children that usually pass over time or can be alleviated by family counseling. Keep in mind that big changes such as these can aggravate ADHD symptoms. Turmoil and substantial change, while difficult for all people, is particularly difficult for those with ADHD.  

Boys and men are three times more likely to be diagnosed with ADHD than girls and women, however, it is unclear why this is since girls and women are equally likely to have the disorder. ADHD is not a sex specific disorder, however, it does display differently in males than females.  

ADHD symptoms may lessen in adulthood or disappear altogether. It is believed that many of those with ADHD in childhood learn to self-modify their behaviors and symptoms. Because of this, they are able to manage the negative consequences that often accompany and are a result of the disorder. For instance, the inability to focus and stay still for long periods, as is required for school and college study and work tasks may be compensated for by performing tasks in shorter more intense bursts. As children grow into adults with ADHD, many, if not most, learn how to compensate for the disorder, thus, fewer adults are diagnosed than are children. However, a small percentage of adults with ADHD continue to have symptoms that they are not aware that they are caused by ADHD. Many of them would benefit from medication and behavioral therapy. 

Treatment typically involves medications, behavioral interventions, and modifications. These two components combined help those with ADHD control the symptoms and manage the disorder so that they can lead productive, fulfilling lives.  

What is the difference between ADD and ADHD?
 

During the last few years, many different terms for children and adults with ADHD have been introduced and used. They were mainly influenced by American descriptions of the classification system used by the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM).ADD and ADHD are synonyms. The acronym ADD stands for "Attention Deficit Disorder" and the acronym ADHD stands for "Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder." Although, ADHD includes the term Hyperactivity, they are still classified as the same. While the disorder may have lesser and greater degrees of hyperactivity, it has been found that hyperactivity to some extent is a clear characteristic of its symptoms. So, one would not be diagnosed with the disorder if there were no symptoms of hyperactivity, even if they are minor and/or periodic.  

ADHD (Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder)

ADHD is the term used in the current Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM) for the diagnostic criteria for this disorder.  

ADD (Attention Deficit Disorder)

With or without hyperactivity ADD, Attention Deficit Disorder, is the older term from the DSM. Thus, in some older literature you will find this term as a synonym for ADHD. However, by all current standards ADD is no longer used to describe the disorder, even though some literature and Web sites will refer to ADD as a disorder which has all symptoms except hyperactivity. This course will only use the acronym "ADHD" to describe Attention Deficit Disorder with or without high hyperactivity. 

Conclusion

ADHD affects girls, boys, men, and women equally, athough boys and men are three times more likely to be diagnosed with the disorder. It is characterized by a set of symptoms that persist over a long period and, which are constant, consistent, and persistent. Symptoms include the inability to focus, lack of attention, hyperactivity, physical and mental control problems, and relationship problems. The acronym ADD is no longer used by the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders and it has been replaced by ADHD.

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Course Lessons

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Lesson 1. Definition of ADHD, Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder

Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) is a diagnosis that is made for children and adults who display certain behaviors over an extended period of time. Additional lesson topics: ADHD; ADHD Information 9 Total Points
  • Lesson 1 Video
  • Lesson discussions: ADHD Course; Reasons for Taking this Course
  • Complete: Lesson 1 Assignment
  • Complete Assignment: An Introduction
  • Assessment: Lesson 1 : Definition ADHD

Lesson 2. Characteristics of Students with ADHD

Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) involves the basic processes related to orienting, focusing, and maintaining attention, and these result in inadequate attention to tasks, both academic and social. Additional lesson topics: Symptoms of ADD and ADHD; Signs and Symptoms of ADD/ADHD 12 Total Points
  • Lesson 2 Video
  • Complete: Lesson 2 Assignment
  • Assessment: Lesson 2 : Characteristics of Students with ADHD

Lesson 3. Prevalence and Sub-Types of ADHD

In the United States, ADHD affects from 3-7 percent of the population. Although, some estimates place the rate higher, between 5-9 percent for children and 4 percent for adults. Additional lesson topics: ADHD Statistics; Types of ADHD 10 Total Points
  • Lesson 3 Video
  • Assessment: Lesson 3 : Prevalence and Sub-Types of ADHD

Lesson 4. What Causes and What Does not Cause ADHD

The specific cause of ADHD is unknown at this time. In this lesson we will explore some of the probable causes of ADHD and discuss some things that have been proven to not cause ADHD. Additional lesson topics: Causes of ADHD; ADHD Causes 10 Total Points
  • Lesson 4 Video
  • Lesson discussions: Causes of ADHD
  • Assessment: Lesson 4 : What Causes and What Does not Cause ADHD

Lesson 5. Assessment and Diagnosis of Students with ADHD

Experts differ in opinion as to whether ADHD is over or under diagnosed, depending on a variety of factors. Additional lesson topics: Diagnosis 12 Total Points
  • Lesson 5 Video
  • Complete: Lesson 5 Assignment
  • Assessment: Lesson 5 : Assessment and Diagnosis of Students with ADHD

Lesson 6. Medication Interventions and Treatment for Students with ADHD

Psychostimulants are the primary drugs used to treat ADHD; they are effective for both children and adults with moderate to severe ADHD. Additional lesson topics: Treatment Guidelines; Medications to Treat ADHD 9 Total Points
  • Lesson 6 Video
  • Assessment: Lesson 6 : Medication Interventions and Treatment for Students with ADHD

Lesson 7. Behavioral Interventions and Treatments for Students with ADHD

While medications are very helpful in controlling the symptoms of ADHD, behavioral therapy and interventions can also help tremendously. Additional lesson topics: Behavioral Treatments for ADHD 12 Total Points
  • Lesson 7 Video
  • Lesson discussions: Treatments
  • Complete: Lesson 7 Assignment
  • Assessment: Lesson 7 : Behavioral Interventions and Treatments for Students with ADHD

Lesson 8. Educational Placement Options for Students with ADHD

Because many children with ADHD experience significant academic difficulties, it is very important for parents to be aware of the special educational services that public schools are required to provide. Additional lesson topics: ADHD and the Classroom; Strategies for Teachers 10 Total Points
  • Lesson 8 Video
  • Assessment: Lesson 8 : Educational Placement Options for Students with ADHD

Lesson 9. Family, School, and Societal Issues of Students with ADHD

Someone's ADHD not only effects the person who has the disorder, but also effects the student's family, friends, and, in the bigger picture, society as a whole. 11 Total Points
  • Lesson 9 Video
  • Complete: Lesson 9 Assignment
  • Assessment: Lesson 9 : Family, School and Societal Issues of Students with ADHD

Lesson 10. Course Conclusion

ADHD is a lifelong brain chemistry imbalance disorder the exact cause of which is not currently known. 44 Total Points
  • Lesson 10 Video
  • Lesson discussions: What is your opinion of this course?; Program Evaluation Follow-up Survey (End of Course); Course Comments
  • Assessment: A Final Exam
139
Total Course Points
 

Learning Outcomes

By successfully completing this course, students will be able to:
  • Identify the characteristics of students with AD/HD.
  • Identify the prevalence and types of AD/HD.
  • Describe the causes of AD/HD.
  • Describe assessment and diagnosis processes for students with AD/HD.
  • Identify educational placements options for students with AD/HD.
  • Describe behavioral interventions for students with AD/HD.
  • Describe medication interventions for students with AD/HD.
  • Identify family issues of students with AD/HD.
  • Demonstrate mastery of lesson content at levels of 70% or higher.
 

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Course Title: Attention Deficit Disorders: ADD and ADHD
Course Number: 8900145
Lessons Rating: 4.4 / 5 Stars (1,930 votes)
Languages: English - United States, Canada and other English speaking countries
Last Updated: May 2021
Course Type: Self-Paced, Online Class
CEU Value: 0.7 IACET CEUs (Continuing Education Units)
CE Accreditation: Universal Class, Inc. has been accredited as an Authorized Provider by the International Association for Continuing Education and Training (IACET).
Grading Policy: Earn a final grade of 70% or higher to receive an online/downloadable CEU Certification documenting CEUs earned.
Assessment Method: Lesson assignments and review exams
Syllabus: View Syllabus
Course Fee: $85.00 U.S. dollars

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Student Testimonials

  • "Overall, the content in each lesson was informative and an excellent place for a parent or teacher of an ADHD child to familiarize themselves with the disorder and give them resources for treatment/management." -- Heather C.
  • "I am so pleased to have the opportunity to be able to obtain useful information that I can apply in my life for a positive outcome. I love having these courses at my fingertips and there are so many. I look forward to accessing all of my interests and 'need to knows'. Thank you!" -- April B.
  • "This instructor is great! I have taken several courses by her, and she is extremely quick in getting things back and giving feedback :))." -- Jill B.
  • "I thoroughly enjoyed this course and learned plenty about ADHD I didn't know!" -- Savannah R.
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