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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Course Description

Unraveling ADHD: Beyond Myths to Mastery

Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) is a term that resonates globally, impacting millions from varied walks of life. While often misconstrued as a mere mental health anomaly, ADHD stands as a multifaceted neurobiological disorder. Navigating its complexities goes beyond traditional therapeutic approaches. The contemporary medical landscape heralds a new dawn with groundbreaking, non-addictive medications offering respite to ADHD sufferers. Simultaneously, emerging holistic treatments complement these advances. It's crucial to dispel the myths: ADHD isn't an offshoot of flawed parenting, past traumas, or addictions. Its essence lies in neurobiology. Nevertheless, coupling psychological counseling with medical interventions can sculpt transformative behavior modulation techniques.

The ADHD realm boasts illustrious personalities - innovators, thinkers, and leaders, testifying to the fact that this disorder doesn't constrain potential but often harnesses a unique creative genius. Our meticulously crafted course is set to demystify ADHD, bridging the chasm between myths and realities.

Course Modules:

  1. Understanding ADHD: Delve deep into the intricate definitions and intricacies of Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder.

  2. Identifying Traits: Unpack the distinctive attributes exhibited by individuals grappling with ADHD.

  3. Diving into Statistics: An analytical overview of ADHD's prevalence and its diverse subtypes.

  4. Debunking Myths: Dissecting the root causes of ADHD while dispelling widespread misconceptions.

  5. Diagnostic Odyssey: Charting the journey from initial symptoms to a conclusive ADHD diagnosis.

  6. Medical Breakthroughs: Explore the transformative power of modern medications, offering both relief and recovery.

  7. Behavioral Paradigms: Learn about avant-garde behavioral treatments sculpting new life trajectories for ADHD individuals.

  8. Educational Adaptations: Navigating optimal educational pathways tailored to ADHD students' unique needs.

  9. Societal Interplay: Scrutinizing the broader societal, familial, and educational dynamics influencing ADHD individuals.

  10. Course Finale: A holistic recapitulation, reinforcing key takeaways and forwarding the discourse on ADHD.

This course isn't merely an academic endeavor. It's an invitation to grasp, empathize, and empower. Whether you're an educator, parent, caregiver, or a curious learner, our course promises a transformative journey through the universe of ADHD. Dive in, and let knowledge be the beacon.

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Course Motivation

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. 


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. 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. 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. 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. 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. 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. 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. 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. 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
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: 4.5 / 5 Stars (2,107 votes)
Languages: English - United States, Canada and other English speaking countries
Availability: This course is online and available in all 50 states including: California, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, New York, Pennsylvania, Ohio, and Texas.
Last Updated: December 2023
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: $120.00 U.S. dollars

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Student Testimonials

  • "I enjoyed the class very much. I work with elementary students, and have a child with ADHD. I was grateful for the lesson that taught how to get your child evaluated and how to stay assertive, and get everything in writing. We got the feeling our school wasn't interested in evaluating or providing services. We had to find out what was available and request everything in writing. Thank you for putting that in the lessons so that others who may encounter this situation will be aware and ready." -- Kristine R.
  • "I thought this course was extremely helpful and beneficial to understanding ADHD and what comes with the disorder." -- Sarah L.
  • "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.
  • "Excellent instructor and timely feedback!" -- Tonia C.
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