The School Counselor's Guide to ADHD: What to Know and Do to Help Your Students

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Covers current information on causes, symptoms, and medications for ADHD, as well as the school counselor’s role in providing interventions, collaborating with teachers, and communicating with parents.
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Editorial Reviews

Gloria Avolio DePaul
"This book should be on every school counselor’s desk. It provides a concise compilation of the most recent facts, theories, opinions, variables, best practices, and remaining questions about addressing the issue of ADHD in the school setting. One would need to have read dozens of other books, every year, for the past 10 years to have even minimal access to the information and wisdom imparted in this book."
Kylie P. Dotson-Blake
“This is a text school counselors have been waiting for! It provides a strong review of the manifestations of ADHD and concrete examples of ways to strengthen our work with students and stakeholders impacted by ADHD. I will recommend it to my school counseling students.”
Gloria Avolio De Paul
"This book should be on every school counselor’s desk. It provides a concise compilation of the most recent facts, theories, opinions, variables, best practices, and remaining questions about addressing the issue of ADHD in the school setting. One would need to have read dozens of other books, every year, for the past 10 years to have even minimal access to the information and wisdom imparted in this book."
J. Scott Glass
“The book includes practical ideas for school counselors to implement in working with students who have ADHD. This is the type of information that school counselors want most: practical ideas that can be immediately implemented in their own work. I foundthe bookhelpful in my own understanding of ADHD.”
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781412966535
  • Publisher: SAGE Publications
  • Publication date: 6/10/2009
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 184
  • Product dimensions: 7.00 (w) x 9.90 (h) x 0.50 (d)

Meet the Author

Richard A. Lougy has been living and working for the last 30 years in Sacramento, California, where he began his career as a middle school teacher. During that time, he also served as an elementary school counselor and later as a school psychologist. Before retiring in 2007, he oversaw mental health services for Head Start and Early Head Start programs in a large metropolitan school district in Northern California.He currently runs a private practice specializing in ADHD and related disorders, as well as being a mental health consultant for Early Head Start programs and Before and After School Care Programs for a large school district.

Lougy has treated and worked with thousands of children with ADHD and their families throughout his career. In addition to coauthoring two books on ADHD, ADHD: A Survival Guide for Parents and Teachers (Hope Press/2002) and Teaching Young Children With ADHD: Successful Strategies and Practical Interventions for PreK-3 (Corwin Press/2007), Lougy has also written numerous articles on ADHD and regularly presents at state and national conferences.

Silvia L. DeRuvo is a special education resources development specialist with WestEd, a nonprofit agency that works with schools, districts, state agencies, and national policy makers in the areas of educational research, products, and programs. Her work focuses primarily on working with schools and teachers on effective research-based instructional practices that support the needs of students with disabilities within core content integrated classrooms. Prior to her work at WestEd, DeRuvo has been an elementary special educator for nearly 20 years, and a teacher trainer at California State University, Sacramento.

Her experience in the classroom, as well as in state special education leadership, has given her vast experience in the area of special education practices and effective inclusion practices that support the needs of students with ADHD and other learning disabilities. She is a national speaker for the Bureau of Education and Research on Response to Intervention implementation practices and is a coauthor of Teaching Young Children With ADHD: Successful Strategies and Practical Interventions for PreK-3, a book on classroom strategies for students with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) published in 2007 by Corwin Press. She is currently authoring a book on instructional strategies to support secondary students with ADHD that will be published in 2009.

DeRuvo received an MA in communicative disorders, and holds credentials in Multiple Subjects, Special Education Specialist Communications Handicapped, and Resource Specialist certification from California State University, Fresno.

David Rosenthal, MD, is an adult, adolescent, and child psychiatrist in private practice in Boulder, Colorado. He is an adjunct professor in the Graduate School of Social Work at the University of Denver, where he teaches courses on psychopharmacology.

Rosenthal practiced psychiatry in various settings in California for many years and treated thousands of patients with ADHD, anxiety, and mood disorders before coauthoring two books on ADHD: ADHD: A Survival Guide for Parents and Teachers (Hope Press/2007) and Teaching Young Children With ADHD: Successful Strategies and Practical Interventions for PreK-3 (Corwin Press/2007). He also has written articles on ADHD and regularly speaks at state and national conferences on ADHD.

Rosenthal earned his medical degree at the University of Iowa School of Medicine in 1986, and completed his residency in adult psychiatry and fellowship training in child and adolescent psychiatry at the University of California, Davis, Medical Center.

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Table of Contents

About the Authors
1. What Is Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD)?
Is ADHD a Mythical Disorder?
Theory Versus Scientific Fact
ADHD Is a Complex Set of Behaviors
Diagnostic Criteria
Manifestations of ADHD
Prevalence of ADHD
What Causes ADHD?
Primary Symptoms and Common Impairments
Predominantly Inattentive Type of ADHD
2. The Role of Executive Function
Why Spend So Much Time on Executive Function?
What Is Executive Function?
Role of Executive Function as Related to ADHD
Snapshot Overview of Executive Function Processes
Deficit in Behavioral Inhibition: Russell Barkley
Components of Executive Function
Executive Functions Work Together in Various Combinations: Thomas Brown
3. Treating Children With ADHD Fairly
Fair and Equal Are Not the Same
The School Counselor's Role
The School Counselor's Role as a Consultant
The School Counselor's Role in Helping Teachers Better Understand
Explaining Risk Factors on School Performance
Encountering Teachers Who Seem Very Resistant to Accommodations
The School Counselor's Role in Helping Parents Better Understand
The School Counselor's Role in Helping Parents Talk to Their Child About ADHD
The Parent-Child Relationship With Regard to the School
The Empathetic Educator
The Hidden Disability Does Not Keep the Child From Succeeding
Road Map for Assuring Fairness
4. Classroom Strategies: A Recipe for Student Success by Silvia L. DeRuvo
The School Counselor's Role in Inciting Change
Recognizing the Academic Challenges
Related Academic Performance Areas Challenging for Children With ADHD
Recognizing Learning Styles
Multimodality Teaching Strategies
Time Management and Organizational Skills
5. Managing ADHD Behaviors in the School Setting
Let's Begin
Positive Schoolwide Intervention
Positive Individual Interventions
The Teacher May Have to Make Some Changes Too
6. What Teachers Should Know About Medication by David Rosenthal, MD
Should My Child Be on Medication?
Common Medications to Treat ADHD
Changes in Students on Stimulants
Do Stimulants Cure ADHD? How Do These Medicines Work?
How Long Does It Take for the Medication to Work?
Signs of Being Overmedicated
If the Medicine Works, Does That Confirm That the Diagnosis of ADHD Is Correct?
Side Effects From Stimulants
Information That Should Be Communicated to the Doctor
Can Stimulants Cause Problems With Growth?
Are Stimulants Addictive?
Can Stimulants Lead to Problems With Abuse of Other Drugs?
Are There Particular Children Who Would Be Expected to Do Poorly on Stimulants?
Are There Children Who Only need to Be on Medication at School?
Drug Interactions With Stimulant Medication
Can Children Become Psychotic on Stimulants?
Can Stimulants Be Used in Children Under Age Five?
My Student Used to Do Well on Ritalin, but Now It Doesn't Work. What Is Going On?
Natural Remedies to Treat ADHD
Prozac as a Treatment for ADHD
Do Medications Help Learning Disabilities?
One of My Students is Very Defiant and Oppositional. Will Medications Help With This?
7. Communicating Effectively With Parents
Parents: The Most Important Resource
Respect and Acknowledge the Challenges Parents Face
Helping Parents Distinguish Enabling From Supportive Decisions
Regular Communication Is Critical
Attending Teacher-Parent Meetings
Resource A: Useful Web Sites for Parents and Teachers
Resource B: Recommended Books for Teachers
Resource C: Recommended Books for Parents
Resource D: Recommended Books for Children
Resource E: Childhood Disorders and Conditions That Can Mimic ADHD
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