We created this page to share videos, books, resources, ideas, information and more to help all of us learn more about Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD). One definition for Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, or ADHD for short, is a neurodevelopmental mental disorder that causes attention deficits, hyperactivity, motor hyperactivity or impulsivity. There are three different ways ADHD presents itself, depending on which types of symptoms are strongest in the individual: Predominantly Inattentive Presentation, Predominantly Hyperactive-Impulsive Presentation and Combined Presentation.
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The Disruptors documentary hears from many game-changing people about their ADHD, and takes an immersive look at our approach to ADHD that debunks the most harmful myths, intimately taking viewers inside a number of families as they navigate the challenges-and the surprising triumphs-of living with ADHD.
Let's talk about ADHD
This animation discusses what it means to have Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD). It was co-produced by children with ADHD, their families and carers, and health professionals in the field. It is based on research evidence as well as ideas from children and individuals with lived experienced of ADHD. The animation is part of a Wellcome funded project led by Cardiff University.
Ted Talk: This is what it's really like to live with ADHD
At 32, Jessica McCabe's ADHD brought her to the darkest point of her life thus far. At 34, she was thriving both personally and professionally, producing a successful YouTube channel about living with ADHD. In this deeply personal talk, Jessica describes how she turned things around through community and education.
Driven to Distraction (Revised): Recognizing and Coping with Attention Deficit Disorder
by Edward M. Hallowell M.D. (Author), John J. Ratey M.D. (Author)
Groundbreaking and comprehensive, Driven to Distraction has been a lifeline to the approximately eighteen million Americans who are thought to have ADHD. Now the bestselling book is revised and updated with current medical information for a new generation searching for answers. You can buy it at Amazon or Good Reads or wherever this book is sold.
ADHD 2.0: New Science and Essential Strategies for Thriving with Distraction--from Childhood through Adulthood
by Edward M. Hallowell M.D. (Author), John J. Ratey M.D.
A revolutionary new approach to ADD/ADHD featuring cutting-edge research and strategies to help readers thrive, by the bestselling authors of the seminal books Driven to Distraction and Delivered from Distraction. You can buy it at Amazon or Good Reads or wherever this book is sold.
Henry Winkler (of "Happy Days" fame) brings his childhood to life in the Hank Zipzer books. Like Henry, Hank is a young boy growing up with ADHD and dyslexia who constantly finds himself in outrageous situations — like the time his report card ended up in a salami! The books are full of humor for adults and children alike, and any kid who learns differently will really identify with Hank.
Emily is smart, but can’t focus in class. Her teacher tries to keep Emily’s thoughts on track, but soon changes her tune when she learns Emily is most creative when distracted. Free Association: Where My Mind Goes During Science Class. targets “twice-exceptional” kids: children with gifted levels of intelligence along with ADHD and/or learning disabilities. It celebrates their unique gifts while acknowledging the difficulties they face.
This Morning Sam Went to Mars: A Book About Paying Attention, by Nancy Carlson
Though ADHD is never mentioned in This Morning Sam Went to Mars, 8-year-old Sam often struggles to pay attention or follow instructions. The book focuses on lifestyle changes that should be considered before a formal diagnosis or a decision to medicate is made. It’s a fun, engaging story that young children will love, and a note at the end has strategies parents can use to help kids improve their attention.
Get Ready for Jetty! My Journal About ADHD and Me, by Jeanne Kraus
This is an engaging, visually appealing approach to ADHD, told through the eyes of a 9-year-old girl — perfect for girls aged 9 to 13. Get Ready for Jetty is a non-threatening, true-to-life introduction to living, learning, and succeeding with ADHD. In this guide, readers will find a science-based program to help their child learn executive skills and become more independent.
Parenting is never easy, but for parents with a teen who has ADHD, “Smart but Scattered Teens” should be at the top of your reading list. This book aims to provide parents with a step-by-step guide to building executive skills — focus, organization, and emotions, among other things — in their teens. Dr. Saline shares her knowledge from 25 years of counseling experience, making suggestions to parents to help kids who have ADHD succeed.
In “What Your ADHD Child Wishes You Knew,” author and psychologist Dr. Sharon Saline shares her proven roadmap that parents of children ages 6 to 18 can follow to help their child with ADHD succeed.
Managing ADHD in School: The Best Evidence-Based Methods for Teachers
Dr. Russell Barkley, internationally respected expert on ADHD, draws on his 40 years of clinical work with thousands of students, teachers and schools to create a definitive resource for the most effective methods in overcoming impairments for children and teens with ADHD.
ADDitude magazine is required reading for anyone touched by ADHD — plain & simple.
The nation’s leading source of important news, expert advice, and judgment-free understanding for families and adults living with attention deficit disorder, ADDitude is your voice and your advocate. ADDitude offers may mediums for content, from an online or print publication, to webinars, e-newsletters, podcasts and more.
YouTube Channel of Robert Tudisco, Disability Attorney and ADHD Motivational Speaker: Robert M. Tudisco is a nationally recognized author, motivational speaker, and non-profit management consultant and is also an adult diagnosed with ADHD. As Senior Counsel to Barger & Gaines, he specializes in matters involving school disciplinary hearings and criminal defense, in addition to general special education advocacy. He was a virtual presenter for our January 14, 2021 meeting and we appreciated his insightful, candid and valuable presentation on “Understanding ADHD: A View from the Inside.”
How to ADHD YouTube Channel: Jessica McCabe says "Have ADHD? Know someone with ADHD? Want to learn more? You're in the right place! Most weeks I post a new video with tips, tricks and insights into the ADHD brain. This channel is my ADHD toolbox -- a place to keep all the strategies I've learned about having and living with ADHD. It's also grown into an amazing community of brains (and hearts!) who support and help each other. Anyone looking to learn more about ADHD is welcome here!"
Learning Compass is an educational consultancy company for all ages as well as for parents of students. We help to navigate and shape understanding around ADHD and how it affects one’s education and ability to achieve life goals. Kate Kamoshita is an education consultant who shares information on her website and social media.
A Nurse's ADHD Resource Library Written by Julia Tortorice: ADHD is a mental health condition that may be diagnosed in children or adults, so it's important that it be included in education for nurses who work with patients of all ages.
Inflow: Inflow is the #1 science-based app to help you manage your ADHD. Created by ADHD clinicians and psychologists, our dedicated support system helps you understand your neurodiverse brain, build lifelong skills, and get things done.
Focus@Will: Designed to increase your focus and attention, Focus@Will uses specially engineered audio in which frequencies similar to the human voice are removed. Why? We are wired to pay attention to them, and they distract us. I’ve been using Focus@Will while writing this. I’m two weeks into my free trial, and I might spring for the paid membership after it is up. Focus@Will even has a channel called “ADHD Type 1.” I can’t listen to it, but I do like the channel “Alpha Chill,” set to medium energy level.
SimpleMind Pro – mind mapping: Have you ever longed for a map of your mind so you could remember when, where, or why you came up with an idea, or what you had to finish today? Well, that’s what this app is all about: SimpleMind Pro allows you to develop a complex map of your thoughts, ideas, and to-do lists.
Priority Matrix – This is a highly rated app that will help you and your child to work together towards the same goal. It allows you and your child to keep track or their tasks and help them to get them completed. You can easily keep track of all of your child’s completed tasks and even receive progress reports. This app will help your ADHD child to focus on the items that they need to complete.
Brili: The ultimate daily routine app, created together with the international ADHD community. Get your daily tasks done, build healthy habits and enjoy your individual routine happiness.
Headspace – This app was designed for adults to manage stress but now they offer meditations for children to help them calm down when their emotions get the better of them. Headspace also offers mindfulness activities based on the child’s age and helps them relax and organize their thoughts.
The Edge Foundation: https://edgefoundation.org/
Cindy Goldrich, PTS Coaching: https://ptscoaching.com/
Iris Kline, psychologist in Wantagh High School, shared an ADHD coaching resource: https://www.worksmartcoaching.com/
One of our previous presenters, Samantha Feinman, is from another ADHD Coaching company called New Frontiers: https://nfil.net/
Many people throughout history have had ADHD and many of our favorite celebrities and athletes have ADHD. Here's some sites with lists and information about these influencers:
Children and Adults with Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (CHADD) was founded in 1987 in response to the frustration and sense of isolation experienced by parents and their children with ADHD. At that time, one could turn to very few places for support or information. Many people seriously misunderstood ADHD. Many clinicians and educators knew little about the disability, and individuals with ADHD were often mistakenly labeled “a behavior problem,” “unmotivated,” or “not intelligent enough.”
Local Chapters of CHADD:
CHADD of Nassau County:https://www.chadd.net/chapter/105
CHADD of Suffolk County: https://www.chadd.net/chapter/160
Websites with ideas: