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MCCS offers ADHD workshop

By Cpl. Brady Wood | | October 23, 2013

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Marine Corps Community Services and the Exceptional Family Member Program held an ADD/ADHD management workshop at the Edisto Woods Community Center on Laurel Bay, Oct. 10.

The number of American children diagnosed with Attention Deficit/ Hyperactivity Disorder, or ADHD, has risen 66 percent since the year 2000. In 2012, 10.4 million children were diagnosed, according to an article on sciencedaily.com.

During the workshop, parents received information on the symptoms of ADD/ADHD, as well as tips to help children and teens cope with their diagnosis.

ADHD is caused by biological differences in how the brain works, said Kim Preston, the education coordinator for the South Carolina parent training and information center, Pro Parents.

“Adults in the lives of children with ADHD need to be aware that these children have different developmental patterns,” said Preston. “These patterns are not always consistent with the developmental patterns exhibited by children who do not have ADHD.”

Preston informed the parents that there are three different types of ADHD: inattentive, hyperactivity-impulsive and a combined type.

"In order for a child to be predominately inattentive, they must have six of the possible nine behaviors," said Preston. "This category includes children who cannot pay attention but are not disruptive or noisy.

"Hyperactivity-impulsive consists of nine specific criteria, the first six relate to hyperactivity and the remaining three relate to impulsive behaviors. To be diagnosed with combined type ADHD, a child must have six of nine possible behaviors in both the inattentive and the hyperactivity-impulsive categories.”

According to webmd.com, some symptoms of ADHD are: difficulty paying attention to details and tendency to make careless mistakes in school, procrastination, disorganized work habits, forgetfulness in daily activities and failure to complete tasks such as homework or chores.

In order for a child to be diagnosed with ADHD, it must be established that the symptoms of ADHD have been present for at least six months, are inconsistent with the child's development level, and affect the child in multiple settings such as at home and school.

There also must be clear evidence of clinically significant impairment in social, academic or occupational functioning.

"The best way for parents to help their child cope with ADHD is to set up a home routine," said Preston. "Some examples are time for school, time for chores, time for homework and time for bed. Since children are famous for doing things last minute, a routine will really help."

With the help of the EFMP and the services they provide, parents can get the information they need or pointed in the direction of a subject matter expert. To contact EFMP, call 228-3188.

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