Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD)

Attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) is one of the most common neurobiological developmental disorders, affecting 3-7% of children. ADHD is usually diagnosed in childhood and can persist into adolescence, and in some cases, adulthood. Symptoms of ADHD include difficulty paying attention and staying focused, difficulty controlling behavior, and hyperactivity (over-activity). The symptoms of ADHD can be difficult to manage and can negatively impact many aspects of daily life including home, school, work, and interpersonal functioning.

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Resource Organizations » Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD)

11 listing(s), including 1 offering support groups


In Massachusetts

Children & Adults with Attention Deficit/ Hyperactivity Disorder (CHADD)

www.chadd.org
Offers support group(s)
MetroWest Satellite of CHADD
Wayland, MA  01778
Local Chapter: 508-651-2423
National Office: 301-306-7070
CHADD (Children and Adults with Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder) is the nation's leading non-profit organization serving individuals with AD/HD and their families. CHADD provides information on ADHD through its website and the bi-monthly Attention! magazine, and also sponsors an annual conference. The organization has over 16,000 members in 200 local chapters, which offer support for individuals, parents, teachers, professionals, and others. CHADD's National Resource Center on AD/HD (see separate profile) is a clearinghouse for evidence-based information about AD/HD.

College Internship Program

www.cipberkshire.org
18 Park St
Lee, MA  01238
877-566-9247
The College Internship Program at the Berkshire Center provides individualized, post-secondary academic, internship and independent living experiences for young adults with Asperger's Syndrome, ADHD and other Learning Differences.

Experience Journal

www.experiencejournal.com
Children's Hospital Boston
The Experience Journals are designed to promote the healthy coping of children and their families who must contend with significant physical and emotional illnesses. The Experience Journals are collections of stories, pictures, and personal experiences from families about what it has been like to live with their children's illnesses. They represent the "collective wisdom" of these children and their parents as well as their health care providers.

InsideADHD.org

www.insideadhd.org/
Newton Upper Falls, MA  02464
InsideADHD is an educational website about Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD). Our goal is to help parents, teachers, and physicians share information and work as a team to improve the lives of children with ADHD. We provide ideas and strategies to help children and families adapt socially, emotionally, and academically to life with ADHD. Our approach is based on the latest scientific understanding of ADHD, as well as research-proven "best practices" for clinical care.

Outside Massachusetts

Attention Deficit Disorder Association (ADDA)

www.add.org/
PO Box 7557
Wilmington, DE  19803
(800) 939-1019
The Attention Deficit Disorder Association (ADDA) is the world's leading adult ADHD organization. Our mission is to provide information, resources and networking opportunities to help adults with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) lead better lives. Our goal is to generate hope, awareness, empowerment and connections worldwide in the field of ADHD. ADDA brings together scientific perspectives and the human experience. The information and resources provided to individuals and families affected by ADHD and professionals who serve them focuses on the diagnosis, treatments, strategies and techniques for helping adults with AD/HD lead better lives.

CDC: National Center on Birth Defects and Developmental Disabilities

The mission of the CDC's National Center on Birth Defects and Developmental Disabilities (NCBDDD) is to promote the health of babies, children and adults and enhance the potential for full, productive living. To achieve its mission, the Center works to identify the causes of birth defects and developmental disabilities; help children to develop and reach their full potential; and promote health and well-being among people of all ages with disabilities, including blood disorders. The NCBDDD site features an informational "A-Z index" of birth defects, blood disorders, and disabilities. The infant health and child development section discusses pediatric mental health topics such ADHD, Autism Spectrum Disorder, Intellectual Disability, and Down Syndrome.

Learning Disabilities Association of America

www.ldaamerica.org
4156 Library Road
Suite 1
Baltimore, MD  15234
412-341-1515
The Learning Disabilities Association of America (LDA) is a non-profit volunteer organization advocating for individuals with learning disabilities. Its mission is to create opportunities for success for all individuals affected by learning disabilities, and to reduce the incidence of learning disabilities in future generations. The LDA promotes research into prevention, identification, assessment, and intervention for learning disabilities, and advocates for the rights of people with learning disabilities. Its website includes information on learning disabilities for parents, teachers, and professionals, as well as for adults who have learning disabilities.

Learning Disabilities Worldwide

www.ldworldwide.org/
WETA Public Television
2775 South Quincy Street
Arlington, VA  22206
http://www.ldworldwide.org/ is the world's leading web site on learning disabilities and ADHD, serving more than 200,000 parents, teachers, and other professionals each month. The site features hundreds of helpful articles, multimedia, monthly columns by noted experts, first person essays, children's writing and artwork, a comprehensive resource guide, very active forums, and a Yellow Pages referral directory of professionals, schools, and products.

National Center for Learning Disabilities

www.ncld.org
381 Park Avenue South
Suite 1401
New York, NY  10016
Toll Free: 888-575-7373
212-545-7510
The National Center for Learning Disabilities (NCLD) works to ensure that the nation's 15 million children, adolescents, and adults with learning disabilities have every opportunity to succeed in school, work, and life. To that end, the NCLD provides essential information to parents, professionals, and individuals with learning disabilities, promotes research and programs to foster effective learning, and advocates for policies to protect and strengthen educational rights and opportunities. The NCLD website offers tools for supporting individuals with learning disabilities throughout the lifespan and in a variety of settings.

National Resource Center on AD/HD: A Program of CHADD

www.help4adhd.org
8181 Professional Place
Suite 150
Landover, MD  20785
Health Information Specialist: 800-233-4050
The National Resource Center on AD/HD is the nation's clearinghouse for science-based information about all aspects of attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (AD/HD). Funded through a cooperative agreement with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the NRC provides information on this disorder which affects how millions of children and adults function on a daily basis. The NRC was created to meet the information needs of professionals and the general public.

The Brain and Behavior Research Foundation

bbrfoundation.org/
60 Cutter Mill Road, Suite 404
Great Neck, NY  11021
800-829-8289
The Brain and Behavior Research Foundation (formerly NARSAD, the National Alliance for Research on Schizophrenia and Depression) is committed to alleviating the suffering of mental illness by awarding grants that will lead to advances and breakthroughs in scientific research. The BBR Foundation offers news on the research it funds as well as information (documents and videos) about these and other disorders in children and adults. It also provides guidance and resources for families coping with a child or parent with mental illness.

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