- Darah Whyte
Attention Disorders: Skills not just pills
Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder, or ADHD, is a common health disorder that affects children, adolescents, and adults. According to the American Academy of Pediatrics, approximately 5% to 10% of school age children meet criteria for this diagnosis. Given these estimates, therefore, in a general education classroom of 25 children, it is likely that one to two children are affected by this condition. But, what is ADHD? What are the symptoms? What are the various subtypes? What causes it? And more importantly, what can we do about it? Although there is research supporting the use of medication to treat the symptoms of ADHD, that alone is often not enough. In most cases, children with ADHD, even when medicated, need appropriate support from their parents and school personnel in order to be successful. Medication alone does not teach the child the skills he or she is lacking. This program, therefore, will focus on intervention strategies that can be used by parents and teachers to help children with ADHD to better maintain their focus and control their impulses.
Cheryl Chase, Ph.D. is a licensed clinical psychologist in private practice in Independence, a suburb of Cleveland, Ohio. She specializes in the diagnostic and neuropsychological assessment of various conditions impacting children, adolescents, and young adults including ADHD, Pervasive Developmental Disorders, Learning Disorders, and emotional concerns. In addition to her clinical practice, Dr. Chase is also an accomplished speaker at the local and national levels, leading workshops on such timely topics as executive functioning, differentiated instruction, and creative ways to support those who struggle in school.
Her down-to-earth and often humorous approach to learning makes her a favorite with educators, parents and children alike. Dr. Chase is an active member of the American Psychological Association, the International Dyslexia Association, and the Learning Disabilities Association. She has devoted her career to helping children reach their fullest potential.