Skip to 0 minutes and 7 seconds ADHD is the most common neurodevelopmental disorder in childhood, affecting around five per cent of children and about two and a half per cent of adults worldwide. There’s a common stereotype of a boy running around the classroom, but ADHD is actually much more complicated. And, often, more problematic than that. As well as being an issue itself, ADHD has been proven time and time again, to be a risk factor for issues with mental health. As well as educational and employment problems in later life. As well as other issues, such as substance abuse and getting into trouble with the authorities. In our course–
Skip to 0 minutes and 49 seconds Understanding ADHD– we cover four broad areas: One, what is ADHD? What do we mean by symptom? And, what’s a disorder? Two, what’s it like to live with ADHD? Three, what do we know about the causes or risk factors, both genetic and environmental? And four, treatment– both pharmaceutical and non-pharmaceutical. Many of our students are teachers, educators more generally, or parents themselves. And, consequently, we have included practical, evidence-based content throughout this course. So, alongside the latest research, we’ll also follow the journey of several families who have children with ADHD, who join us to speak about when they first realised something wasn’t right, right through to diagnosis and treatment. We also speak with a number of professionals who work with children with ADHD.
Skip to 1 minute and 52 seconds And when you hear these stories, you’ll see that it’s clear that whilst we are making progress, there’s still some room for improvement. And we’ll also address some of the controversies of ADHD. Like, why medication is often the go-to treat. The issue of side effects and the role of diet. So, join us over the next four weeks, as we take an evidence-based, practical tour through ADHD.