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The School Counselor’s Guide to ADHD

The School Counselor’s Guide to ADHD
What to Know and Do to Help Your Students

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ADD/ADHD | School Counseling

June 2009 | 184 pages | Corwin

"This book should be on every school counselor's desk. One would need to have read dozens of books every year for the past 10 years to have even minimal access to the information and wisdom imparted here."
—Gloria Avolio DePaul, School Counselor
Hillsborough County School District, Tampa, FL

Get the latest facts, research, and best practices to help students with ADHD succeed!

To help establish an optimal learning environment and support students with ADHD and their families, educators need up-to-date knowledge, in-depth advice, and practical tools that can be immediately and easily implemented.

The School Counselor's Guide to ADHD covers not only principal causes, symptoms, and interventions for ADHD, but also current, detailed information on executive brain function. This comprehensive resource includes a wide range of inclusive practices that help define the multiple roles and responsibilities of school counselors, such as:

  • Providing effective student interventions to ensure individual success
  • Collaborating with teachers to deliver instruction, manage behavior, and facilitate classroom accommodations
  • Communicating with parents about student progress and challenges
  • Understanding common ADHD medications and their effects on children

Strengthen your work with students and key stakeholders with this resource and ensure that students with ADHD have the support they need to thrive.

About the Authors
1. What Is Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD)?
Is ADHD a Mythical Disorder?  
Theory Versus Scientific Fact  
ADHD Is a Complex Set of Behaviors  
Diagnostic Criteria  
Manifestations of ADHD  
Prevalence of ADHD  
What Causes ADHD?  
Primary Symptoms and Common Impairments  
Predominantly Inattentive Type of ADHD  
2. The Role of Executive Function
Why Spend So Much Time on Executive Function?  
What Is Executive Function?  
Role of Executive Function as Related to ADHD  
Snapshot Overview of Executive Function Processes  
Deficit in Behavioral Inhibition: Russell Barkley  
Components of Executive Function  
Executive Functions Work Together in Various Combinations: Thomas Brown  
3. Treating Children With ADHD Fairly
Fair and Equal Are Not the Same  
The School Counselor's Role  
The School Counselor's Role as a Consultant  
The School Counselor's Role in Helping Teachers Better Understand  
Explaining Risk Factors on School Performance  
Encountering Teachers Who Seem Very Resistant to Accommodations  
The School Counselor's Role in Helping Parents Better Understand  
The School Counselor's Role in Helping Parents Talk to Their Child About ADHD  
The Parent-Child Relationship With Regard to the School  
The Empathetic Educator  
The Hidden Disability Does Not Keep the Child From Succeeding  
Road Map for Assuring Fairness  
4. Classroom Strategies: A Recipe for Student Success by Silvia L. DeRuvo
The School Counselor's Role in Inciting Change  
Recognizing the Academic Challenges  
Related Academic Performance Areas Challenging for Children With ADHD  
Recognizing Learning Styles  
Multimodality Teaching Strategies  
Time Management and Organizational Skills  
5. Managing ADHD Behaviors in the School Setting
Let's Begin  
Positive Schoolwide Intervention  
Positive Individual Interventions  
The Teacher May Have to Make Some Changes Too  
6. What Teachers Should Know About Medication by David Rosenthal, MD
Should My Child Be on Medication?  
Common Medications to Treat ADHD  
Changes in Students on Stimulants  
Do Stimulants Cure ADHD? How Do These Medicines Work?  
How Long Does It Take for the Medication to Work?  
Signs of Being Overmedicated  
If the Medicine Works, Does That Confirm That the Diagnosis of ADHD Is Correct?  
Side Effects From Stimulants  
Information That Should Be Communicated to the Doctor  
Can Stimulants Cause Problems With Growth?  
Are Stimulants Addictive?  
Can Stimulants Lead to Problems With Abuse of Other Drugs?  
Are There Particular Children Who Would Be Expected to Do Poorly on Stimulants?  
Are There Children Who Only need to Be on Medication at School?  
Drug Interactions With Stimulant Medication  
Can Children Become Psychotic on Stimulants?  
Can Stimulants Be Used in Children Under Age Five?  
My Student Used to Do Well on Ritalin, but Now It Doesn't Work. What Is Going On?  
Natural Remedies to Treat ADHD  
Prozac as a Treatment for ADHD  
Do Medications Help Learning Disabilities?  
One of My Students is Very Defiant and Oppositional. Will Medications Help With This?  
7. Communicating Effectively With Parents
Parents: The Most Important Resource  
Respect and Acknowledge the Challenges Parents Face  
Helping Parents Distinguish Enabling From Supportive Decisions  
Regular Communication Is Critical  
Attending Teacher-Parent Meetings  
Resource A: Useful Web Sites for Parents and Teachers  
Resource B: Recommended Books for Teachers  
Resource C: Recommended Books for Parents  
Resource D: Recommended Books for Children  
Resource E: Childhood Disorders and Conditions That Can Mimic ADHD  

“This is a text school counselors have been waiting for! It provides a strong review of the manifestations of ADHD and concrete examples of ways to strengthen our work with students and stakeholders impacted by ADHD. I will recommend it to my school counseling students.”

Kylie P. Dotson-Blake, Assistant Professor of Counselor and Adult Education
East Carolina University

"This book should be on every school counselor’s desk. It provides a concise compilation of the most recent facts, theories, opinions, variables, best practices, and remaining questions about addressing the issue of ADHD in the school setting. One would need to have read dozens of other books, every year, for the past 10 years to have even minimal access to the information and wisdom imparted in this book."

Gloria Avolio DePaul, School Counselor
Hillsborough County School District, Tampa, FL

“The book includes practical ideas for school counselors to implement in working with students who have ADHD. This is the type of information that school counselors want most: practical ideas that can be immediately implemented in their own work. I found the book helpful in my own understanding of ADHD.”

J. Scott Glass, Associate Professor
East Carolina University
Key features
  • ADHD is a topic of great interest to school counselors and there aren't many books on it directed to this specific audience.
  • Authors come from the fields of education, counseling and psychiatry, so they are uniquely qualified to write a book on the topic and cover the unique aspects of ADHD from different perspectives.
  • The book will include practical advice for counselors and information that counselors can use to direct a workship in their own schools.  

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