Fostering Child and Adolescent Mental Health in the Classroom provides educators with a thorough, readable guide to some of the most common mental health issues and symptomatology that they are likely to confront in their daily work with students. Few teachers are specifically taught what behaviors by students may potentially result in severely reduced functioning or risk of harm to self or others. Many teachers today receive a trial by fire when confronted with mental health crises. This text will assist educators in recognizing symptoms of crisis and provides them tools that will help them take the proper steps toward addressing the mental health issues of their students.

Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder

Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder

Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder

Prereading Questions

As you read this chapter, reflect on the following questions and issues:

  • How can we serve students with ADHD in public schools?
  • Does ADHD present the same way in all students? If not, what are some differences that can be seen?
  • What are some of the strengths and weaknesses associated with ADHD?
  • How do characteristics of ADHD change with age?
  • What are possible causes of ADHD?

Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) is one of the most common and impairing of childhood psychological disorders (Wells, 2004) and one of the most common reasons children are referred to mental health practitioners in the United States (Barkley, 1998). It is also probably fair to say that few childhood conditions or ...

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