Support and external resources

Further Information

Support and external resources

This section contains:

  • Details of materials used in conjunction with the practical advice and guidance provided by the expert European ADHD Awareness Taskforce

  • Additional information on certain aspects of ADHD that the taskforce have recommended for you.

On this page:

  1. Support for parents and carers ↓
  2. Support for teachers and schools ↓
  3. Support for children and adolescents ↓
  4. Guidelines and rating scales

Support for parents and carers

This section contains details of materials and websites that provide information for parents/carers of children with ADHD.

Publications

Familieliv med ADHD Anne Worning and Jan Bjerregaard

Danish ADHD-association 2010

 

The purpose of the book is to tell real stories of real families with ADHD with the purpose of changing the common perception of the families and their children.

 

Language: Danish

ADHD? laat je niets wijsmaken!

Hermien De Backer, Antwerp, 2005

 

A book that uses examples of young people with ADHD who have used their talents towards positive goals to show what can be achieved.

 

Language: Dutch

ADHD youth literature series

 

The books contain ADHD-related stories and guides available in Dutch, including
an ADHD survival guide, dealing with aggression, organisation and how to make friends.

 

More info online (www.zitstil.be)

 

Language: Dutch

Calm Your Hyperactive Child: 52 Brilliant Ideas for Coping with ADHD

Dr Sabina Dosani, Infinite Ideas, 2008

 

This book provides straightforward advice on what techniques to use in managing ADHD. The independent chapter format of the book allows it to be used as a reference book without having to read it cover to cover.

 

Language: English

ADHD Comorbidities, Handbook for ADHD Complications in Children and Adults

Thomas E Brown, American Psychiatric Publishing, 2009

 

Contains information about other conditions that may occur with ADHD.

 

Language: English

Websites

ADHD, ASC & LD Family Resources Belgium

www.adhd-edu.be

 

This organisation provides psychoeducation for parents, carers and adolescents, as well as parent support services, parent training and free counseling and coaching. It is the first point of contact for newly arrived parents of children with ADHD, ASC and/or Learning Disabilities.

 

Languages: English, Spanish and German

TDA/H Belgique

www.tdah.be

 

This organisation provides support and resources in French for parents, carers and adolescents.

 

Language: French

ADHD-Europe

www.adhdeurope.eu

 

This organsation is a valuable resource for parents and teachers in Belgium who hail from many of the member organisation countries (information about ADHD organisations in member countries, research, information about events in each country, etc.).

 

Language: English

National Attention Deficit Disorder Information and Support Service (ADDISS)

www.addiss.co.uk/adhd

 

Provides information, training and support for parents, sufferers and professionals in the fields of ADHD and related learning and behavioural difficulties. All their activity is supported by a professional board of expert advisers.

 

Language: English

HADD Ireland

www.hadd.ie

 

A volunteer-led website that provides information on ADHD and the resources available to children with ADHD and their parents/carers in the Republic of Ireland.

 

Language: English

Mental Health Foundation

www.mentalhealth.org.uk

 

This UK web resource provides a short summary of ADHD, implications, symptoms and treatment.

 

Language: English

NHS

www.nhs.uk

 

This UK website provides a range of information for parents/carers, teachers and health professionals on causes, symptoms and treatment of ADHD. The website includes videos, articles and also a forum where parents and teachers can confer with each other, ask questions and relate experiences.

 

Language: English

UK Adult ADHD Network

www.ukaan.org

 

The UK Adult ADHD Network (UKAAN) is a website created to support clinicians in the development of clinical services for adults with ADHD. The website can be used as a first port of call to provide appropriate information and UKAAN conference dates.

 

Language: English

AIFA Onlus

www.aifaonlus.it

 

An Italian website for parents and carers of children with ADHD.

 

Language: Italian

FEAADAH

www.feaadah.org/es

 

This is the Spanish Federation website, providing advice on ADHD for parents, teachers, associations and public and private institutions.

 

Language: Spanish

Cuento Contigo

www.cuentoscuentocontigo.blogspot.com

 

Children’s stories published in Spanish by CEPE and targeted to help children with ADHD and their parents. The story titles include:

  • Mi Mamá es verde, mi vecino naranja (My Mum is green, my neighbour orange)
  • Elena y el camino azul (Elena and the blue path)
  • Preparándome para ir de cumpleaños (Get ready for a birthday)
  • La gymkana de emociones (The emotions gym).

 Language: Spanish

HyperSupers - TDAH France

www.tdah-france.fr

 

A state-recognized association that aims to inform and assist patients, families and adults who are affected by ADHD, to intervene on their behalf in approaching and accessing public and private resources, to promote research, enhance early detection, and improve treatment, and to facilitate social and academic integration for children, teenagers and adults who have ADHD.

 

Language: French

ADHD Deutschland

www.adhs-deutschland.de

 

A non-profit support association with voluntary members at federal, regional and local levels, representing approximately 5,000 members. It runs more than 250 support groups, as well as a nationwide telephone network.

 

Language: German

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Support for teachers and schools

This section contains details of publications, websites and training courses for teachers of children with ADHD. It covers a range of relevant areas including classroom-based learning solutions and teacher training.

Publications

ADHD

Fintan O’Regan, Continuum International, 2005

 

This book examines the effects of ADHD on the school and home environments. The publication outlines the diagnosis of ADHD, tools for assessment and intervention strategies.

 

Language: English

All About ADHD: The Complete Practical Guide for Classroom Teachers

Linda J Pffifner, Scholastic Professional Books, 1996

 

A very practical and easy-to-read book that is divided into many short sections that give detailed information to help a teacher understand and engage a child with ADHD. The book uses lots of charts and boxes, gives many practical tips, and is very up-to-date and focused on the classroom environment.

 

Language: English

Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder. ADHD and Education: A Resource for Teachers

HADD Family Support Group, Dublin, Ireland

 

The purpose of this booklet is to provide school staff with information on ADD/ADHD, and redress the absence of a widely available written resource for schools on this subject.

 

More info online (www.hadd.ie)

 

 Language: English

Challenging Behaviours

Fintan O’Regan, Teachers Pocketbooks, 2006

 

This book examines the root of challenging behaviour among school children making extensive use of cartoons and diagrams through the medium of three child characters to explain the key principles. There are chapters on ADHD, Oppositional Defiant Disorder (ODD) and Conduct Disorder (CD).

 

Language: English

How to Teach and Manage Children with ADHD

Fintan O’Regan, LDA, 2002

 

A practical book which uses an anecdotal style to explain the best way to teach children with ADHD. It contains a number of excellent resource materials, including key tips, which are presented in an easy to understand format.

 

Language: English

Managing Medicines in Schools and Early Years Settings

Department of Health (UK), March 2005

 

This publication sets out a clear framework for supporting children who require medication. The text sets out the responsibilities of each interested party including: local authorities, local health trusts, schools and early years settings, and suggests how they can work together to develop appropriate support policies.

 

Language: English

Mental Health in Children and Adolescents – A Guide for Teachers

Sarah Buckley, Blánaid Gavin and Fiona McNicholas, Mulberry Publications, 2009

 

This book is written by psychiatrists with extensive experience of working with teachers at primary and secondary level in the Republic of Ireland. The book is an excellent guide focusing on the essentials of child mental health.

 

Language: English

Troubleshooting Challenging Behaviours

Fintan O’Regan, Continuum International, 2006

 

This book presents current thinking on behaviour management and introduces the SF3R (Structure, Flexibility, Respect, Relationships and Role Models) model of management including a unique contract template designed for students with Social, Emotional and Behavioural Difficulties (SEBD).

 

Language: English

Young People's Experience of ADHD and Stimulant Medication: A Qualitative Study for the NICE Guideline

Singh I et al, Child and Adolescent Mental Health 2010: 15(4); 186–192

 

This paper reports on research conducted into young people’s perception of ADHD and stimulant medication. The work was conducted to provide support for NICE guidelines on treatment of ADHD.

 

More info online (www.onlinelibrary.wiley.com)

 

Language: English

Training

Prime Performance Solutions

 

This organisation provides training about ADHD and ASC for teachers and schools in the UK and Belgium. Their Diploma course in ADHD & ASC Coach Training is an invaluable resource for schools.

 

More info online (www.pps-training.co.uk)

 

Language: English

The Why Try Programme

Christian Moore

 

The Why Try Programme was developed as a method to motivate at-risk teenagers who were failing at school and to give them the self-advocacy skills to succeed in life. The Why Try Programme is a resource for schools that have problems with unmotivated and underachieving students who are at-risk of failing.

 

More info online (www.whytry.org)

 

Language: English

Wild and quiet (Vild and Stille)

 

“Wild and quiet” is a national school campaign launched by the Danish ADHD association with the goal of bringing attention to attention disorders. In 2010, the campaign received an enormous response rate of 37%, with more than 900 schools requesting the material.

 

More info online (www.adhd.dk)

 

Language: Danish

Websites

ADHD, ASC & LD Family Resources Belgium

www.adhd-edu.be

 

This organisation provides in-service teacher training about ADHD and related conditions in the European and international schools in Belgium, as well as free coaching and counseling for teachers and programme heads.

 

Language: English

TDA/H Belgique

www.tdah.be

 

This organisation provides in-service teacher training in French in the public schools in Belgium.

 

Language: French

ZitStill

www.zitstil.be

 

A site that provides advice and support for teachers who work with children with ADHD.

 

Language: Dutch

ADD in School

www.addinschool.com

 

An American website that provides advice and tips on working with children with ADHD in the classroom.

 

Language: English

Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) (CG72)

www.nice.org.uk/CG72

 

Clinical Guidance 72. Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder: Diagnosis and management of ADHD in children, young people and adults. National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence (NICE) 2008.

 

Language: English

Steve Chinn

www.stevechinn.co.uk

 

Many children with ADHD can have difficulties in learning maths. Dr Chinn’s course offers a new perspective on the specific problems that can be experienced by children with ADHD.

 

Language: English

Mental Health Foundation

www.mentalhealth.org.uk

 

This UK web resource provides a short summary of ADHD, implications, symptoms and treatment.

 

Language: English

NHS

www.nhs.uk

 

This UK website provides a range of information on the symptoms, diagnosis and treatment of ADHD. The website includes videos, articles and also a forum where parents and teachers can confer with each other, ask questions and relate experiences.

 

Language: English

FEAADAH

www.feaadah.org

 

This is the Spanish Federation website, providing advice on ADHD for parents, teachers, associations and public and private institutions.

 

Language: Spanish

ADANA Foundation guide

www.fundacionadana.org

 

ADANA Foundation guide for children with ADHD, which may be used as a resource for teachers.

 

Language: Spanish

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Support for children and adolescents

This section contains details on different areas of support for children and adolescents with ADHD. It includes information on management and treatment, learning support and practical tools that can help the child manage their ADHD.

Tools

Attention tracker, ADHD managementAttention Tracker

This works in a similar way to the Time Timer® and can be used by teachers in the classroom to set a time for a task to be completed. The Attention Tracker uses red, amber and green lights to show how far the child has progressed through the allotted time. Teachers can add or remove time if they wish.

Sensory Integration Tools

Children with ADHD may be under-sensitive or over-sensitive to certain situations and therefore not able to accurately process all information from their senses. By helping children understand and develop their interpretation of sensory information disruptive behaviour can be improved.

Tangle toy, ADHD managementTangle™ Toys

Tangle™ Toys can be twisted and turned into an endless variety of shapes. They are available in various types and can help to occupy a child who feels restless.

Time Timer®

The Time Timer® is an educational tool enabling children to see how much time has passed. It does not have the hands or numbers that a traditional clock face has and can be set for periods of up to 60 minutes. As the time passes, it clearly shows how much time is left in the set period.

Time timer, ADHD managementTimer devices

There are timer devices available as apps on an smartphones and PCs, that break down an hour of study time into five 10-minute sections of intense work followed by a break of 2 minutes before a further 10-minute section begins. It can be particularly useful for helping to manage homework.

Books

Calvin and Hobbes cartoons

Bill Watterson

 

Calvin is a six year-old boy who seems to be in trouble all the time. He often blames Hobbes for this and even though Hobbes is a toy tiger, he is very real to Calvin. Together, they take part in stories and adventures that children with ADHD can relate to.

 

More info online (www.calvinandhobbes.co.uk)

 

Language: English

Percy Jackson books

Rick Riordan

 

Percy Jackson is a 13 year old boy with dyslexia, who has been kicked out of seven schools but who manages to fight battles with gods, demons and monsters and emerge triumphant in a series of adventures.

 

More info online (www.percyjackson.co.uk)

 

Language: English

What’s Up with Astra? Medikidz Explain ADHD

Dr Kim Chilman-Blair and John Taddeo

 

The Medikidz series of comic books aim to explain medical conditions to children. The ADHD book focuses on the adventures of Astra and her journey to finding out what happens to somebody who has ADHD.

 

More info online (www.medikidz.com)

 

Language: English

Websites

ADHD, ASC & LD Family Resources Belgium

www.adhd-edu.be

 

This organisation trains and provides Special Needs tutors for children and adolescents who need extra academic help and/or homework support.

 

Languages: English, French, German, Dutch and Spanish

Hallo – what do you have (Hallo hvad har du)

www.youtube.com/user/hallohvadhardu

 

On this site you meet 10 young people who in many ways are very different in terms of education, living situation and geographical location. They do however have one thing in common: they have all been diagnosed with ADHD. In the 7 films the young people talk about their lives with ADHD, the difficulties in school and the challenges with getting an education.

 

Language: Danish

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Guidelines and rating scales

This section contains details of guidelines and rating scales relating to ADHD.

Guidelines

Canadian ADHD Resource Alliance (CADDRA)

 

This organisation provides health information and treatment guidelines for patients with ADHD in Canada.

 

More info online (www.caddra.ca)

 

Language: English

Australian Government National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC)

 

This organisation provides health information and treatment guidelines for patients with ADHD in Australia.

 

More info online (www.nhmrc.gov.au)

 

Language: English

The International Statistical Classification of Diseases and Related Health Problems 10th Revision (ICD-10)

 

This is the World Health Organisation’s guide to definitions of different conditions from 2010. It is available in an online version that is continuously updated.

 

More info online (apps.who.int/classifications/icd10)

 

Language: English

Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM)

 

This is the American Psychiatric Association’s guide to defining mental conditions. DSM-IV was published in 1994 and DSM-V in 2013.

 

More info online (www.appi.org/Pages/DSM)

 

Language: English

Irish National Council of ADHD Support Groups (INCADDS)

 

This organisation provides health information and treatment guidelines for patients with ADHD in Ireland.

 

More info online (www.incadds.ie)

 

Language: English

 Rating scales

Swanson, Nolan and Pelham 4th Revision (SNAP-IV)

 

This questionnaire can be used to further understand what causes classroom disturbances. It contains parameters that can identify ADHD, but also those that can exclude it.

 

More info online (www.myadhd.com/snap-iv)

 

Language: English

ADHD Rating Scale-IV: Home Version

 

This rating scale is based on parents rating the child’s behaviour at home based on the past 6 months. The parents rate the frequency of each ADHD symptom in the DSM-IV definition. The results are scored by a clinician, but a diagnosis should not be made based on this scale alone.

 

More info online (www.fammedref.org)

 

Language: English

Conners’ Teacher’s Scale and Parent’s scale

 

Both of these rating scales are available in long and short versions, comprising of multiple choice questions. Used in conjunction, these scales can be used to compare the child’s behaviour at home and at school, to create a comprehensive inventory.

 

Language: English

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