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ADHD, or attention deficit hyperactivity disorder has had a lot of bad press and is often misunderstood by those who don't have a connection to someone with the condition. The ADHD Awareness Course has been created to evolve people's understanding of ADHD (also know as ADD, or attention deficit disorder, and Hyperkinetic Disorder, which is often used to described a more severe presentation of the condition), so that those with the condition don't go undiagnosed, as, once understood, ADHD is manageable and those with the condition can go on to be high achievers, who often even attribute their success to having the condition.

What You'll Learn from the ADHD Awareness Course

This course guides you through 8 comprehensive modules:

  1. What is ADHD?
  2. Causes, Theories and Prevalence - What we know so far
  3. The Law and ADHD
  4. Inclusion
  5. ADHD and Education
  6. ADHD Classroom Strategies and Reasonable Adjustments
  7. Living with ADHD
  8. Adults with ADHD

To understand the condition, we must first understand what it is. The first module offers an in-depth answer to that very simple question; giving students a strong platform from which to learn, with information on: symptoms, related conditions, variations of the condition, and more.

Although the most commonly diagnosed, and one of the most highly-researched, mental health disorders in children, there is still a lot to understand about the cause of attention deficit hyperactivity disorder. The second module of the ADHD Awareness Course shares some of the most recent research and information, so that students can get a better grasp of what is, and isn't, understood about the condition.

A very important consideration for those caring for those with, or who themselves have, ADHD, is the considerations and implications of the law and educational institutes. The third module discusses how ADHD, as a neurological difficulty rather than a physical disability, is treated within these communities.

Inclusion is the responsibility of everyone but as the community that has made the most progress in this area, this module discusses inclusion within educational institutes. This part of the ADHD Awareness Course discuses the pros and cons of the inclusion of a child with ADHD within mainstream schools and specialist educations, both from the perspective of the child themselves and the wider community. The module then goes on to discuss broader concerns of inclusion within other communities.

Module five of the course helps to further understand the children living with ADHD, by giving us an insight into what they deal with on a daily basis and how their actions can be misinterpreted as something else entirely. With this information in mind this module goes on to teach students how to approach educating a child with ADHD and how to use some of the positive symptoms of the condition to help them learn in a way that benefits them.

For a child with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder to get the most out of their education, certain strategies and reasonable adjustments need to be made to accommodate the way that they learn. Divided into easy-to-use sections, the sixth module in the ADHD Awareness Course offers suggestions to that help to remove learning barriers and achieve better outcomes for children with ADHD.

As with other conditions, there are ADHD medications available. The seven module of the course discusses the use of medication and therapies, and the impact/possible side effects of these treatments. This module also offers practical tips, techniques, and coping strategies for the parents of children with ADHD.

Although the ADHD Awareness Course discusses childhood ADHD in-depth, this can be a lifelong condition and an estimated 4% of the UK adult population have the condition, though for adults this can often go undiagnosed. The final module of the course discusses ADHD in adulthood and what this can mean for those affected.

Who Would Benefit from the Course?

The ADHD Awareness Course is an essential source of information for the parents of children with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder and the educators and carers who work with children with the condition, or would like to.

This course will help students to fully understand the condition, how it is considered by various communities and treated within the medical professions, how to make reasonable adjustments to accommodate a child's learning, and how to better understand a child, or adult, with ADHD and alter your own behaviour to better communicate with them.

This does not mean that the course is restricted to these groups, however, as anyone interested in the various aspects of the condition will learn a lot here.

Frequently Asked Questions

The ADHD Awareness Course will take you up to 150 hours to complete working from home. There is no time limit for completing this course, it can be studied in your own time at your own pace. The course comes with a course assessment in the form of quizzes, written questions and short essays, once you have completed your course assessment please email or post it back to us for marking, you will then receive your feedback and certificates.

This course is registered with the CMA (Complementary Medical Association), which is internationally recognised as the elite force in professional, ethical complementary medicine by professional practitioners, doctors and, increasingly, by the general public. Upon completion of the course you can gain membership to the CMA, which in addition to supplying a professional accreditation, offers a number of benefits, all of which can be found here.

This course also is certified by the IANLPC (International Association of NLP & Coaching) and the IAHT (International Alliance of Holistic Therapists), both of which are internationally recognised organisations. The IAHT certify personal development, health, fitness and nutrition courses. The IANLPC is a global support network for NLP Professionals and coaches, including the fields of Life Coaching, Hypnotherapy Business Coaching, Leadership, Nutritional, CBT, Personal Development and Holistic Therapy.

Course Syllabus

Module 1: What is ADHD?

  • A common childhood condition?
  • A Neurological Disorder
  • Adult have ADHD too
  • Three Types of ADHD
  • ADHD is a Specific Learning Difficulty
  • ADHD and Intelligence
  • Co-occuring, or comorbid conditions
  • ADHD - both treatable and manageable
  • Famous People with ADHD
  • Variable Concentration
  • Later Diagnosis
  • ADHD - is it a Disability?
  • Symptoms of ADHD
  • Behaviours associated with ADHD
  • ADHD Comorbidity
  • Anxiety
  • Depression
  • Conduct Disorder such as ODD or PDA
  • Sensory Processing Disorder
  • Dyslexia, Dyscalculia, Dysgraphia
  • Autism
  • Speech and Communication difficulties
  • Tourette Syndrome
  • Bi-polar Disorder
  • Other, less common ADHD Co-morbidities
  • How is ADHD Diagnosed?
  • Predominantly Inattentive Type of ADHD
  • Predominantly Hyperactive-Impulsive Type of ADHD
  • Combined Type of ADHD
  • Additional Diagnostic Criteria
  • Revision Questions
  • Key Learning Points

Module 2: Causes, Theories and Prevalence - What we know so far

  • The most commonly diagnosed mental health disorders in children
  • Neurobiological and Hereditary Link to Cause of ADHD
  • ADHD Symptoms are often blamed on Parents
  • Homelife and ADHD
  • Diet and ADHD
  • Some research findings
  • Genetic commonalities with other disorders
  • Prevalence of ADHD
  • More likely to be diagnosed in boys than in girls
  • Prevalence of ADHD in adult population
  • Children don't always “outgrow” ADHD
  • ADHD Symptoms still present at age 25
  • ADHD across wider population
  • Current Evidence for Genetic Causes of ADHD
  • Nature or Nurture?
  • Why researchers study Twins
  • Why researchers study adoptive families
  • Molecular Genetics
  • ADHD and brain structure and function
  • Frontal Lobe
  • Basal Ganglia
  • Caudate Nucleus
  • Grey Matter
  • White Matter
  • Scan Results
  • Neurotransmitter Abnormalities
  • Family Background and ADHD
  • No link with Parenting Styles and ADHD
  • Positive effect of the family
  • Television and the impact on ADHD
  • Pregnancy Complications
  • Toxins as risk factors in ADHD
  • Lead
  • Fluoride
  • Pesticides
  • Hormones
  • The Vestibular System
  • Diet, Nutrition and food and any link with ADHD
  • Sugar
  • Gluten and other food intolerances
  • “E” Numbers
  • Long Chain Fatty Acids
  • Conclusion
  • Revision Questions
  • Key Learning Points

Module 3: The Law and ADHD

  • Introduction
  • History of UK Anti-discrimination Legislation
  • The Equalities Act 2010
  • Attitudes, Culture and Thinking
  • House of Lords Committee Report
  • ADHD - an Invisible Disability
  • So what does The Equalities Act of 2010 state should happen?
  • Almost every organisation is covered by this Act, including
    1. Changes to the way things are done
    2. Changes to a physical feature of the premises
    3. The provision of extra services or equipment
  • In what circumstances do reasonable adjustments have to be made?
  • How to decide whether reasonable adjustments should be made?
  • How to decide what types of reasonable adjustments can be offered
  • Examples of reasonable adjustments within schools
  • Examples of reasonable adjustments within the workplace
  • Examples of Reasonable Adjustments in other environments
  • Ask the person with ADHD
  • Recent Educational Reforms in England
  • UK Legislation
  • What is a Special Educational Need or Disability?
  • Is ADHD a Disability?
  • Overview of the recent SEND reforms in England
  • SEN Support Plan
  • EHC Plans
  • EHCP - A positive approach
  • Gives parents and children more of a say about decisions
  • Education, Health and Social Care working together
  • 0 - 25
  • Children and Young People's Involvement
  • Introduces personal budgets
  • Quicker process
  • Resolving disputes
  • Accountability
  • Local Offer
  • EHC Plans in Practice
  • Strengths
  • Conclusion
  • Revision Questions
  • Key Learning Points

Module 4: Inclusion

  • Introduction
  • What does inclusion mean?
  • Is Inclusion solely an Education issue?
  • Inclusion in Education
  • Mainstream Schools
  • Benefits of Inclusive Education
  • Benefits of Specialist Education
  • Key to Success
  • BESD Special Schools (Behavioural, Emotional & Social Difficulties)
  • Why children attend BESD Schools
  • What BESD can offer a child
  • Inclusion Everywhere - not just in schools
  • ADHD and Public Perceptions
  • ADHD Symptoms in Early School Years
  • The Expectations of School-based Behaviours
  • From the Child's point of view
  • ADHD and Self-Esteem
  • ADHD and Unique Talents
  • The difficulties of Fitting In
  • Reasonable Adjustments
  • Fixing the Problem Approach
  • What Inclusion is NOT
  • Achieving Universal Inclusion
  • How to make Inclusion Work
  • Ongoing Assessment
  • Lifelong Inclusion starts in Childhood
  • Getting Inclusion Right
  • Inclusion doesn't have to mean Sameness
  • Barriers to Inclusion
  • Some non-educational Inclusion Initiatives
  • Revision Questions
  • Key Learning Points

Module 5: ADHD and Education

  • Introduction
  • Short attention span
  • Falling through the net
  • Compassion and empathy
  • The child is not their behaviour
  • All behaviour is a form of communication
  • Never give up
  • Anxiety
  • Fight
  • Flight
  • Freeze
  • A lifelong difficulty
  • Always in trouble
  • Work with their ADHD
  • Study Skills
  • ADHD Talents which can Compensate
  • Children with ADHD are:
    • Keen Energetic
    • Creative
    • Hyper-focused
    • Spontaneous
    • Persistent
    • Sensitive
    • Learnt Passivity
  • Memory
    • ADHD and Poor Working Memory
    • Memory skills can improve with practice
    • Different types of memory
    • Memory styles and learning styles
    • How does the child remember things best?
    • Check understanding regularly
    • Praise and Positive Feedback
    • Chunking
    • Repetition and Memory
    • Making connections
    • Verbal Memory Tests
    • Make it fun
  • Concentration
    • Make it interesting
    • Motivate them to want to Concentrate
    • Turn-taking
    • Story re-telling
    • Feeling good about themselves
    • Relate learning to child's own experiences
    • Encourage them to learn how to abbreviate
    • Brainstorming
    • Mind Maps
    • Movement Breaks
  • Organisation
    • Different aspects to organisation
    • Revision Questions
    • Key Learning Points

Module 6: ADHD Classroom Strategies and Reasonable Adjustments

  • Introduction
  • School based Policy
  • Classroom strategies
  • Emotional/behavior
  • Child-Centred Approach
  • Working with parents
  • Gender imbalance
  • Ongoing Assessment
  • Revision Questions
  • Key Learning Points

Module 7: Living with ADHD

  • Treatments, Interventions and Parenting Strategies
  • Medication helps in 80% of cases
  • Concerns about long-term medication
  • Importance of close monitoring
  • Side effects
  • Sleep issues
  • Dosage
  • To medicate or not - a joint decision for parents and doctors
  • Medication for school and for home?
  • NICE Guidelines
  • Interventions/Therapies
  • In an ideal world
  • Great Parents and Great Teachers can help
  • Behaviour Therapy
  • Social Skills Training
  • Cognitive Behaviour Therapy
  • Occupational Therapy
  • Parenting Courses
  • Diets and Food Supplements
  • ADHD Training
  • Parenting a Child with ADHD
  • Coping with disapproval
  • Stresses at home
  • Sleep deprivation
  • Parenting demands
  • Parent and child relationship
  • Diagnosis - start of a steep learning curve
  • Some suggested parenting strategies to help with ADHD
  • What parents say
  • Revision Questions
  • Key Learning Points

Module 8: Adults with ADHD

  • 4% of all adults
  • Undiagnosed Adults
  • Misdiagnosed Adults
  • Gender and ADHD in Adults
  • Employment
  • WHO Study
  • ADHD Strengths in Workplace
  • Reasonable Adjustments
  • Career Choices
  • Symptoms look different in Adults
  • Common ADHD Symptoms in Adults
    1. Concentration and Focus Difficulties
    2. Impulsiveness
    3. Restlessness or Hyperactivity
    4. Emotional self-regulation
    5. Poor Executive Functioning Skills
    6. Tendency to hyperfocus
    7. Sleep Issues
    8. Anxiety
    9. Relationship difficulties
    10. Financial difficulties
    11. Crime
  • Diagnosis in Adulthood
  • Revision Questions
  • Key Learning Points

Our courses include comprehensive support, should you require any assistance. You can contact our friendly course advisers by telephone or by email.

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Continued Learning

All course delegates are welcome to attend our regular, ongoing learning and inspirational events. We also hold regular inspirational events in Manchester and London for all students studying any of our courses. The events are a great way to watch live demonstrations of different techniques, learn new skills, have a practice with other students and to meet your tutors. Once you've signed up for any of our courses you will receive details of our different monthly events via email. If you cannot attend our events you can watch a live streaming of the event on our tv channel.

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