• Universidad de Palermo

Introduction to ADHD: What it is and How it’s Treated

Take a look at ADHD symptoms, causes, impact, and treatment. Understand what people with ADHD experience, and how to support them.

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  • Duration

    4 weeks
  • Weekly study

    3 hours

Gain insights into ADHD treatment and how the disorder affects daily life

Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) seems to be increasingly common in both children and adults. Like all neurodevelopmental disorders it can be difficult to manage, for the person with ADHD and whoever is interacting with them.

Understanding the disorder is crucial to dealing with and treating it. With this four-week course from the University of Palermo, that’s just what you’ll be able to do. By the end, you’ll gain valuable insights into ADHD symptoms, treatment, and impact on daily life.

Learn the neurodevelopmental basis of ADHD

The course begins with a clear definition of ADHD, and how the disordered brain development leads to specific ADHD behaviours of both adults and children.

Typical signs and symptoms of ADHD are explained, and the differences and similarities between ADHD and other neurodevelopmental disorders are discussed.

Learn the treatment and impact of ADHD

Once you have a better understanding of ADHD symptoms and development, the course explores the effects that the disorder can have on an individual’s life.

Finally, ADHD treatment and intervention options are explained. You’ll see how many people are able to successfully live with and manage their ADHD, as part of their everyday life.

Trust the experts convening this ADHD course

The University of Palermo is internationally recognised for its creativity in online education, and this course is taught by leading neuroscience Professors Wanda Rubenstein and Julieta Moltrasio. With such innovation and expertise, you can be sure of a world-class course on ADHD treatment, impact and causes.


  • Week 1

    Attention problems and ADHD. Core symptoms. Differences between adults and children with ADHD

    • What is ADHD?

      In this section, we present the topics and itinerary of the week. We also explore students' previous knowledge on the subject and the myths or prejudices they may have about the disorder.

    • Understanding attention problems in people with and without ADHD

      We will discuss what kind of behaviors and symptoms a person with ADHD have, what behaviors may be due to attention problems, and differences and similarities between common attentional problems in people with and without ADHD.

    • ADHD in children and adults. Diagnostic and treatment difficulties

      In this section, we will see attention problems of adults and children with ADHD more specifically. We will address the diagnostic challenges of ADHD and why this disorder sometimes seems to be "overdiagnosed" or "underdiagnosed".

  • Week 2

    Types of attention and ADHD. Attention models and different ways of classifying attention. Different attention deficits in ADHD

    • Knowing the types of attention

      In this section, we will address different attention types and theoretical models.

    • The types of attention in ADHD

      In this section, we will adress how different types of attention are affected in children and adults with ADHD, and how to assess them.

    • Impact of the different types of attention deficits on daily life

      In this section, we are going to review and show examples and ways in which the different types of attention affect the functionality and daily life activities in ADHD.

  • Week 3

    Relationship of ADHD with other disorders. Differences and similarities. Disorders that can co-occur with ADHD

    • Comorbidities of ADHD

      We will discuss some mental disorders that people with ADHD commonly have, as well as genetic syndromes that can show ADHD and other symptoms.

    • Disorders that impair attention

      We will discuss some disorders that can affect attention, but are not ADHD. We will also discuss which of these disorders occur in children and adults.

    • Differences between ADHD and other disorders

      We will address the similarities and differences between ADHD and other disorders (addressed in Activity 1). This will serve to further understand ADHD treatment (which will be addressed in Week 4).

  • Week 4

    Treatment of ADHD and other neurodevelopmental disorders

    • Cognitive stimulation

      We will address some basic concepts about cognitive stimulation, and settings where it is applied, in different neurodevelopmental disorders.

    • Children with ADHD treatment

      We will address different intervention strategies in children with ADHD, settings where they should be applied and disciplines involved.

    • ADHD treatment in adults

      We will discuss different intervention strategies for children with ADHD, the areas where they should be applied and the disciplines involved.

    • Closing

      Integration of the topics covered throughout the week, and articulation with all the topics of the course.

Learning on this course

On every step of the course you can meet other learners, share your ideas and join in with active discussions in the comments.

What will you achieve?

By the end of the course, you‘ll be able to...

  • Know the main diagnostic symptoms of ADHD, and how it affects the daily life of patients
  • Know the different types of attention and which ones are affected in ADHD
  • Learn the differences between common attention problems and ADHD
  • Recognize and differentiate other neurodevelopmental disorders and ADHD
  • Acquire knowledge about ways to intervene and treat ADHD

Who is the course for?

This course is designed for anyone interested in learning about ADHD symptoms and effective treatments, from university students to professionals, so that they can better manage the disorder themselves or support others who are dealing with it.

What software or tools do you need?

Introduction to ADHD: What it is and How it’s Treated - Online Course - FutureLearn

Who will you learn with?

Licenciada en Psicología por la Universidad de Buenos Aires (UBA). Especialista en Neuropsicología. Realizando el doctorado en Psicología actualmente.

Licenciada y Doctora en Psicología por la Universidad de Buenos Aires (UBA). Especialista en Psicoterapia Individual y Familiar. Especialista en el área de Neuropsicología.

Who developed the course?

Universidad de Palermo

Universidad de Palermo is global university based in Argentina, recognised as one of the best and most innovative in Latin America.

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