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Doody's Review ServiceReviewer: Linda Laatsch, PhD (University of Illinois at Chicago College of Medicine)
Description: This video provides a glimpse of the relatively new concept of ADHD.
Purpose: The video is designed to be used in inservice training for families, treatment providers, and parent support groups. Divided into short segments, a portion of the tape can be played and then discussion can occur.
Audience: While this tape might be used as an introduction for clinical psychology students, it does not have sufficient detail for this audience. It would only serve to introduce the concept of ADHD deficits being related to executive dysfunction. Dr. Barkley's written material would also need to be provided. Parents and individuals with ADHD would benefit more from the video for it provides information that will assist them in further understanding their symptoms.
Features: The adults with ADHD who speak on the video are especially valuable for they describe everyday difficulties with the ADHD symptoms. The presentation of children in the video, who are assumed to have ADHD, is less clear. The voice-over provided by Dr. Barkley is well organized and clear. The graphics serve to supplement the discussion and provide a useful visual model. While there is some simplification of the locations of various symptoms in the brain and the brain-based target of medication used in ADHD, the brain-relationship provided is clear and illustrative.
Assessment: Compared to other teaching videos in the area of psychology and disability, this video is simplistic and most appropriate as an introductory video for parents of children newly diagnosed with ADHD. The non-medication treatment approach reviewed provides a general overview of techniques that might be used. Individualizing of treatment approach needs to be completed under the guidance of an experienced therapist. Dr. Barkley has made a dramatic impact on the field of ADHD. The tape provides an important historical understanding of ADHD by attributing symptoms not to deficits in attention but to dysfunction in the executive processing.