Symposium on ADHD set for Oct. 4

Published on Saturday, 23 August 2014 20:51 - Written by Danny Mogle danny@inmagtexas.com

Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) remains one of the most misunderstood childhood disorders.

Children with ADHD have trouble staying focused, paying attention and controlling behavior. According to the National Institute of Mental Health, ADHD occurs in 3 to 5 percent of preschool and school-age children. That means in a class of 25 to 30 children, it is likely that at least one student will have the condition.

Experts are not sure what causes ADHD. Some studies suggest that genes play a large role and that environmental factors may also contribute.

Helping children with ADHD (and the related attention deficit disorder) succeed is the topic of the Parent Service Center’s fall symposium set for Oct. 4 at The University of Texas at Tyler’s Ornelas Activity Center.

“Participants will leave the event with an increased understanding that ADHD is a real diagnosis, not a death sentence and not an excuse to fail but a reason to succeed,” according to the symposium’s promotional brochure. “Parents, clinicians and educators will receive current information that they can use to build on and maximize a child’s strengths.”

Topics will include diagnosis and treatment of ADHD and the challenges a child with the disorder faces in home and school environments. Information about resources and support groups also will be shared.

Based in Tyler, Parent Services Center is a nonprofit organization that works with parents and educators to help children.

To register or find out more about the symposium, call 903-595-6918 or send an email to info@parentservicescenter.org.