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Course Overview

What is attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD)? What are the symptoms of ADHD? How is ADHD diagnosed? Get answers with this course that features fundamental information about ADHD, as well as the latest ADHD research.

Through the course you will learn about ADHD as a developmental disorder, considering controversies related to the condition. You will learn about the diagnosis and best practice treatment of ADHD as you build your empathy towards people with ADHD. You will also learn practical strategies to help the educational and personal development of people with ADHD.

·         Week 1

Getting started

Welcome along to week 1. In this activity, we introduce you to the team and ask you what ADHD means to you.

Introducing ADHD

Here we look at ADHD from a historical perspective and also look at how common ADHD is and now we know.

What do we mean by ‘symptoms’ and ‘presentations’?

Here we explain what we mean by a symptom and how symptoms differ from “normal” behaviour. There is also more than one “type” of ADHD and we explain what these are here.

husband with ADHD and a child also formally diagnosed with ADHD. Here she joins us to talk about how she discovered she and her child had ADHD.

Wrap up

Each week, we provide links to key research papers, information about ongoing research here at King’s College, London and also, where possible, some practical tips and advice. Also, we invite you to discuss the week’s content.

·         Week 2

This week we look at ADHD from a range of perspectives, but before we begin, we want to know what your views are on the challenges those with ADHD face.

ADHD and the family

Parenting a child with ADHD can be difficult, but as we see in this activity, often the difficulties go beyond the child’s behaviour.

Working with those affected by ADHD

There are a number of professionals often involved in helping those with ADHD. Here, we look at ADHD from multiple professional perspectives.

ADHD and me

If a child has ADHD, there are things teachers and schools can do to help. In this activity, we look at the influence that teachers’ perceptions can have.

Voices of those with ADHD – living with ADHD

Each week, we’re joined by Katharine, a mother with ADHD, with a husband with ADHD and a child also formally diagnosed with ADHD. This week, she joins us to talk about the important issues of stigma and labeling.

Wrap up

Each week, we provide links to key research papers, information about ongoing research here at King’s College, London and also, where possible, some practical tips and advice. Also, we invite you to discuss the week’s content.

·         Week 3

Welcome to week 3

Welcome to week 3. This week, we cover the topics of causes/ risk factors for ADHD and its diagnosis. But before we begin, we want o know your thoughts on diagnosis.

Risk factors for ADHD

In this activity, we look at the latest evidence on the “nature vs nurture” debate and ADHD.

The brain and ADHD

Whilst it is diagnosed behaviourally, there’s a wealth of data on ADHD and the brain. In this activity, we provide a summary.

Diagnosis

In this activity, we look at the issue of diagnosis; what’s involved and what some of the challenges are.

Voices of those with ADHD – the process of diagnosis

Each week, we’re joined by Katharine, a mother with ADHD, with a husband with ADHD and a child also formally diagnosed with ADHD. Here she joins us to talk about her family’s experience of diagnosis.

Wrap up

Each week, we provide links to key research papers, information about ongoing research here at King’s College, London and also, where possible, some practical tips and advice. Also, we invite you to discuss the week’s content.

·         Week 4

 

This course is for people with ADHD and anyone working with children and adults with ADHD. This includes parents and close family members, teachers, and educational (learning disability) assessors in schools and higher education and occupational therapists.

By the end of the course, you‘ll be able to…
  • Discuss the prevalence and impact of ADHD in children, adolescents and adults.
  • Discuss ADHD as a disorder and how it differs from normal behaviour.
  • Be able to critically assess key factors in the conceptualisation and understanding of the disorder.
  • Discuss the core challenges faced by those with ADHD, their families and relevant professionals.
  • Discuss wider issues related to ADHD, such as labelling and stigma from multiple perspectives.
  • Demonstrate an empathic understanding of the experiences of people living with ADHD.
  • Describe core principles, tools and techniques used in the screening and diagnosis of ADHD, and the factors that may impact on the accuracy of a diagnosis.
  • Explain how ADHD is distinguished from, and relates to, other common neurodevelopmental, behavioural and mental health problems.
  • Reflect upon and discuss current evidence for the genetic and environmental vulnerability for ADHD, and associated neurological mechanisms for ADHD.
  • Critically discuss the current evidence base for both pharmaceutical and non-pharmaceutical interventions for ADHD.
  • Evaluate the rationale, mechanism, and limitations of the primary medical and psychosocial treatments for ADHD.
  • Evaluate practical strategies to support the educational and personal development of those living with ADHD.
  • Be able to identify resources and relevant support services for those living with ADHD.
  • Evaluate the biological and environmental risk factors for ADHD.
  • Accredited CPD Certificate.