Changing the D's in ADHD
Author Fintan O'Regan
Date 24th Mar 2022
When we think of ADHD, we generally think of it as being associated with a challenge. Maybe it’s because Attention and Hyperactivity are surrounded by the D’s of Deficit and Disorder or Distractible, Difficult and Defiant! Whatever D people associate with ADHD, the traits are often viewed as a problem rather than an opportunity.
‘D’ however can also stand for two other truly important terms for children and young persons with ADHD – these are Developmental and Different.
ADHD is a term that describes neurodevelopmental differences in children, adolescents and adults. The more we can understand the traits, the more effective we will be at providing appropriate systems and strategies of support. As a result, I propose that we replace the negative D’s with more practical and accurate terms, so the term becomes Attention Developmental Hyperactivity Difference instead.
On 31st March 2022, I share my insights and the case for making the change in a 90-minute webinar entitled, “Changing the D’s in ADHD”. The content covers:
The Case for making the change
Replacing Deficit with Developmental, and Disorder with Difference. Reflecting on how these changes could result in a shift in attitude and support
Systems and Strategies for ADHD support
Whatever the D’s are called, we still have to support ‘the recognised traits’ in terms of learning and behaviour. Several key strategies will be outlined to raise levels of support in the classroom
Flexibility in action
Consider how Mood, Motivation and Movement can be effectively applied to enhance learning support and model appropriate behaviours
Rapport and Relationships
Explore effective communication strategies that build rapport and trust. We will also address peer to peer situations both within structured and non-structured settings
Working with families
Look at the essential partnership between parents and carers, and the role they play at different transition points in their child’s learning journey.
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Fin O’Regan, MA, PGCE BSc
An international/national ADHD and Neurodiversity specialist consultant. Former Head teacher of the Centre Academy from 1996 -2002, the first specialist school in the UK for students aged 7-19 specialising in issues including ADHD, ASC and ODD. Fin is an associate lecturer for Leicester University, the National Association of Special Needs, the Institute of Education, the Helen Arkell Dyslexia Centre, The London CDC and is a council member of CReSTeD.
Currently, Fin works as trainer and consultant for schools and school support systems including, Social Services, Health, the Police and Foster carers. He specialises in providing behaviour management strategies for children and families struggling with SEND and behaviour issues and has authored several books and scholarly articles on the subject of ADHD, ASC, ODD and a range of Learning, Behaviour and Socialisation issues.
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