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School-Year "Checkpoints" Help to Monitor ADHD #ADHDAwareness

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With school back in full swing across the country, children and parents are both adapting to new teachers, new classes and new activities. For children with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (or ADHD), the condition can add increased complexity to an already challenging situation.

ADHD is one of the most common childhood neurologic disorders and can continue through adolescence and adulthood.1 As of 2011, 6.4 million children in the U.S. had ever been diagnosed with ADHD. 2 Symptoms of ADHD may include difficulty paying attention,impulsivity and hyperactivity3. Data shows that children with ADHD may have difficulty succeeding in school, problems getting along with other children or adults, and challenges finishing tasks at home.

Leading ADHD expert Adelaide Robb, M.D., Chief, Psychology and Behavioral Health, Children's National Health System,is available during ADHD Awareness Month (October) to share tips with parents of children with ADHD to help monitor their child's progress during the school year.

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