School holds sessions on ADHD for parents

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AIKEN --- Poor attention in class, restlessness and impulsiveness might describe a "problem child." Or it could describe a child with attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder.

Several North Augusta schools have begun taking a proactive approach by offering sessions for parents on the signs of ADHD.

"This is just one of the topics that we've picked as a service that we offer to our parents," said Jean Taylor, a North Augusta Elementary School guidance counselor. "The feedback I got was tremendous."

The sessions weren't just for parents with children of ADHD, Mrs. Taylor said, but also for parents who wanted to know more about the disorder to see whether it was a concern for their child.

Opening lines of communication on ADHD isn't a new trend, said Dr. Alex Mabe, a clinical psychologist at Medical College of Georgia.

"Most schools now are briefing their teachers and administrators on the problems and warning signs," Dr. Mabe said. "They are not trained to make a diagnosis or referral, but a teacher's observations are extremely important. A lot of the problems are in the school environment and may not be seen at home."

Between 3 percent and 7 percent of children have ADHD, according to the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry. Although information about attention-deficit disorders has become more prevalent in the media and among parents, Dr. Mabe said many children still slip through the cracks -- which is where schools can help by informing parents of warning signs.

"I think that probably half the children with ADD are not being treated or not getting adequate treatment," he said.

When speaking with parents, Dr. Mabe tries to keep sessions from turning into therapy time for those dealing with ADHD at home.

Instead, sessions seek to dispel myths about the disorder and help parents better understand how a team approach can help a child thrive in school and social settings.

Reach Julia Sellers at (803) 648-1395, ext. 106 or julia.sellers@augustachronicle.com.

ATTENTION-DEFICIT HYPERACTIVITY DISORDER


WHAT IS IT? A neurobehavioral condition with symptoms that include excessive restlessness, poor attention and impulsive acts


WHO HAS IT? Between 3 percent and 7 percent of school-age children and about 4 percent of adults have ADHD. Seventy-six percent of children with ADHD have a relative with the condition, but no cause for ADHD has been found.


WHAT ARE CONSEQUENCES OF UNTREATED ADHD?


- Increased risk for school failure and dropout


- Behavior and discipline problems


- Social difficulties and family strife


- Accidental injury
- Alcohol and drug abuse
- Depression and other mental health disorders
- Employment problems
- Driving accidents
- Unplanned pregnancy
- Delinquency, criminality and arrest

Source: Parents Medication Guide prepared by the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry and the American Psychiatric Association

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christian134
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christian134 04/04/08 - 07:13 am
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This is great that these

This is great that these children are being helped and the parents of said children are able to come to some understanding of why their children are labeled as a "problem child". These children want to be able to interact with others without causing a disturbance but can't quite hold on to the thought. My son-in-law has ADHD and because of that he was not able to hold on to jobs; when he finally received the right sort of help he was able to fullfill his enormous potential and is a very successful man today. He once described his mental stability as that of thousands of thoughts filling his mind and not able to focus on any of them. That is frightening! Thank you North Augusta schools for taking the time to address this serious problem....

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Just me 2 04/04/08 - 07:40 am
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The drugs they put these

The drugs they put these children on are very addictive. Addoral (I am sure I probably have it spelled incorrectly) is also known as
liquid cocaine. They are soon to take it off the market. This drug
turns the children into little zombies. I know because they put my grandchild on this very drug and she is not even close to the girl I remember. It takes away any personality they may have. I am all for anyone getting help if they need it but I just wish they would come up with a drug that is less addictive. Something that would calm them down but not turn them into little zombies.

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arue 04/04/08 - 10:46 am
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When is the nest session

When is the nest session going to be... I have a 7 year old son with ADHD and I am trying to NOT put him on medicine... I wonder if this will help up

lady30906
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lady30906 04/04/08 - 10:58 am
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My son was clinically

My son was clinically diagnosed at age 6. The local School system he attends made no efforts to aid in behavior modification for social skills, class/homework adjustments, etc.- always sent home with red lights, write ups etc. even after they were told by me year after year what his diagnoses was. I had to go to the STATE level to finally get assistance for my child. His doctors early on were of no help. Meds were adjusted to the point of taking more than what the FDA approves. We finally got somewhere these past few months and he is about to attend a State Funded Program thru the school system for children who cannot function in large class settings. Did the school system volunteer this info about this program....absolutely not. His new Doctor Did!! The schools are NOT doing all they can to help these kids and it disgusts me. It's all about the Money they have to spend out of their budget.
Kudos to North Augusta for taking a step ahead in helping parents and childred of ADHD. Stop suspending these kids, when their violations are a direct result of their disability. Get them the help they need, instead of not wanting to deal with the headache of helping them.

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Queen4842 04/04/08 - 01:49 pm
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OMG will you people please

OMG will you people please stop it already. There is no such thing as ADD or ADHD. This is all about drugging your little brats so that the rest of the children can attempt to get an education. Teach your children to sit down and STFU!!!!
The rest of us did.

Queen4842
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Queen4842 04/04/08 - 01:59 pm
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OMG will you people please

OMG will you people please stop it already. There is no such thing as ADD or ADHD. This is all about drugging your little brats so that the rest of the children can attempt to get an education. Teach your children to sit down and STFU!!!! The rest of us did.

lady30906
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lady30906 04/04/08 - 02:20 pm
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Queen until u experience

Queen until u experience having a child with this you are really the one who needs to shut the f up. You need to be put in a room with some of these kids and you'd change your mind i'm sure.

JUST_ME
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JUST_ME 04/05/08 - 01:00 am
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Wow, I didn't know people

Wow, I didn't know people were so ignorant. I have a daughter with ADD, and I wish Richmond County would bring something like this to our schools. So not only the parents get the help, but the teachers and many ignorant people that don't understand the reality of ADD. My daughter is 15, she is no brat, and has no behavioral problem THANK YOU, her only problem is she is very forgetful, she's easily distracted, very talkative once someone gets her started, gets frustrated because she doesn't understand things or learn at the level as easily as others do, can't tell her to do several things at once cause she won't remember them all...she always comes back and says mom what did you say. The ones that do have behavioral problem, its their only way of knowing how to deal with their disability...IF you didnt know how to do something and no matter how hard you attempted to do it and didnt accomplish it, wouldnt you get frustrated. Well that's how these kids react. Until people are taught the seriousness of this illness...we will continue to have ignorance

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