Understanding ADHD: Current Research and Practice

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Ensure your knowledge of ADHD is up to date by exploring the latest research

What is attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) and how do you diagnose it? Find out the answers on this 4-week online course from King’s College London.

This course features fundamental information about ADHD, as well as the latest research in the field. Each week, we provide links to key research papers, information about ongoing research here at KCL, and some practical tips and advice.

We’ll also be joined by Katharine, a mother with ADHD, with a husband and child, both formally diagnosed with ADHD. Each week, she’ll offer insight into her own experiences with the disorder.

Understanding ADHD symptoms

To start, we will look at ADHD from a historical perspective and also discuss how common ADHD is. We’ll then explore what symptoms are, and how they are different from “normal” behaviours.

You’ll gain insight into the different symptoms of ADHD and discover how the disorder can vary depending on age and gender.

Being a parent to a child with ADHD

Parenting a child with ADHD can be difficult, but as you will see in the course, often the difficulties go beyond the child’s behaviour. Frequently, ADHD has a genetic component, and so the parent might also have the disorder themselves.

To help you deal with the challenges of a child with ADHD, you’ll hear perspectives from different professionals, such as an educational psychologist, support worker and GP.

Explore ADHD diagnosis and treatment options

There are a range of causes of ADHD, and we’ll discuss the “nature vs nurture” debate relating to the disorder. After looking at causes, we’ll see how ADHD affects the brain and think about the challenges with diagnosing ADHD.

In our final week, we look at the sometimes controversial issue of ADHD treatment and management; both pharmaceutical and non-pharmaceutical.

This course is for people with ADHD and anyone working with children and adults with ADHD. This includes parents and close family members, teachers, and educational (learning disability) assessors in schools and higher education and occupational therapists.