ADHD?  Success Begins with Good Support         
                                                                      
Happy New Year to you!  We want to wish all our readers here much success in the new year, especially in the area of reading success.
 
If you are a challenged adult reader, a teacher or the parent of a struggling reader, you have just discovered a blog that should offer both help and support.  The articles in this blog will provide you with effective strategies, tools and resources for readers of all ages who are challenged.  These challenges may be ADHD, dyslexia, autism, low vision issues or other conditions that can affect one's reading ability.
 
Our first article in this blog is dedicated to the many children and adults who struggle daily with ADHD (attention deficit disorder---both hyperactive and/or inattentive types).  The American Psychiatric Association states in the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM-IV-TR) that 3%-7% of school-aged children have ADHD.  However, studies have estimated higher rates in community samples

It is important to note that the most recent data (for the U.S.) from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) indicate that:


  1. The percentage of children with a parent-reported ADHD diagnosis increased by 22% between 2003 and 2007
  2. The rates of ADHD diagnosis increased an average of 3% per year from 1997 to 2006 and an average of 5.5% per year from 2003 to 2007
  3. Boys (13.2%) were more likely than girls (5.6%) to have ever been diagnosed with ADHD.

Source:  Article---Increasing Prevalence of Parent-Reported Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder Among Children --- United States, 2003 and 2007 http://www.cdc.gov/mmwr/preview/mmwrhtml/mm5944a3.htm?s_cid=mm5944a3_w 
 
Because of the focus and concentration challenges associated with attention deficit disorder, we wanted to provide you with some resources that might benefit readers with ADHD whom you know and wish to help.
 
ADHD Resources

Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder---Current data and statistics for ADHD in the U.S.
http://www.cdc.gov/ncbddd/adhd/data.html
 
Diagnosed Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder and Learning Disability---Article from Vital and Health Statistics published July 2008---Series 10, Number 237 (from U.S. Department of Health and Human Services-CDC-National Center for Health Statistics)
http://www.cdc.gov/nchs/data/series/sr_10/Sr10_237.pdf
 
CHADD--- CHADD (Children & Adults with Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder) is the nation’s leading non-profit organization serving individuals with ADHD and their families. CHADD has over 16,000 members in 200 local chapters throughout the U.S. Chapters offer support for individuals, parents, teachers, professionals, and others.  The website offers many resources to help individuals and families challenged with ADHD.
http://www.chadd.org/


Help for Struggling Readers---Excellent blog for challenged readers, their parents and teachers!  Contains 85+ articles to help children and adults with ADHD, dyslexia, autism, convergence insufficiency and other issues who struggle with reading.
http://helpforstrugglingreaders.blogspot.com/
 
FREE Printables from ADDitude Magazine---Complimentary, downloadable resources from the premier publication for individuals and families challenged with ADHD (includes such printables as 40 School Accommodations That Work, Strengthen Your IEP, 6 Steps to Success at School and more!)
http://www.additudemag.com/resources/free-downloads/9206.html/accommodations-for-adhd-children 
 
Here’s to MORE reading SUCCESS in the New Year!

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