Does your child struggle to pay attention, complete homework or finish activities? Does he or she have emotional outbursts that they can't seem to control? The ability to pay attention, plan activities and control impulses is part of your child's executive functioning and develops with maturation, but some children need additional support to develop this skill, including those with ADHD, anxiety, autism spectrum disorders (ASD), giftedness, speech-language impairments or learning disabilities. For more information on these concerns, see the linked concern pages.
Many children with attention issues may benefit from counseling, group therapy, social skills groups, tutoring, and structured recreation activities. Local resources for these services can be found in our Service Provider Directory and in our Upcoming Events list on the right.
Connecting for Kids' "You Don't Know what You Don't Know" poster campaign (shown left) can help you promote awareness for your child's struggles. Learn more.
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National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI)
Provides information on ADHD especially as it relates to comorbid mental illness, such as anxiety, depression, obsessive-compulsive disorder and bipolar disorder.
National Center for Learning Disabilities (NCLD)
Provides information about ADHD and how it can interfere with learning and behavior. NCLD also provides practical information on ADHD as well as information on learning disorders that may be comorbid with ADHD through its Understood web portal. For more information on this resource, see websites.
(Cuyahoga, Lorain) Nonprofit agency providing mental health services, social services and education to children, adolescents and families. Services include The Eleanor Gerson School and an array of community-based services including psychiatry, in-home therapy, school-based counseling, prevention and consultation services.
The Centers for Families and Children
(Cuyahoga) Nonprofit, offering services in early learning, health & wellness, workforce development, youth and family services and emergency food distribution.
The Nord Center
(Lorain) Nonprofit offering behavioral healthcare services for school-aged children in Lorain county.
(Cuyahoga, Lorain) Formerly Berea Children’s Home & Family Services, this nonprofit offers services for families ranging from early childhood and school-based mental health services to parenting classes.
Educational services include state and county initiatives (shown in the right column) as well as resources where families can learn more about educational advocacy and access educational materials. The Connecting for Kids Service Provider Directory also contains a number of entries for alternate education providers.
Connecting for Kids maintains a list of alternative schools in our Service Provider Directory for families with children who struggle in the traditional public education environment. To show alternative schools that accept students with attention issues, visit the Service Provider Directory page and click Alternative School under the Program/Service heading.
Offers numerous topics and resources on how ADHD affects academics.
Free mobile application, developed by the Syracuse University School of Education containing strategies, a compilation of approaches that parents can pursue as advocates and resources. Available for iOS and Android.
National Center for Learning Disabilities (NCLD) Parent’s Guide to IDEA
This online guide (via the NCLD's Understood portal) covers important topics under IDEA in easy-to-understand question/narrative format, from requesting an evaluation to handling discipline and disputes.
Understanding the Americans with Disabilities Act Amendments Act (ADAAA) and Section 504
This NCLD Parent Advocacy Brief (via the NCLD's Understood portal) will help you understand the changes brought about by the ADAAA, how they apply to Section 504 and how these changes may impact children with ADHD.
Accurate, reliable information about special education law, education law, and advocacy for children with disabilities.
Note: The Westlake Porter Public Library’s special-needs section also keeps a print copy of “Wrightslaw.” To check availability, search for “Wrightslaw” in the library's online catalog.
Offers free online educational games for grades K-5 that reinforce many skills such as sight words, spelling, math facts, money and typing
Provides thousands of free pages of social skills and behavioral regulation activities and guidance, songs and games, communication cards, academic materials, and transition guides for employment and life skills.
Two scholarships (The Autism Scholarship and the Jon Peterson Special Needs Scholarship) are available through the state of Ohio which allow students to waive public education and use state reimbursement to cover education and supportive services. For more information see the Scholarships section in our Funding Therapy Guide.
Whose IDEA is This?
Prepared by the Ohio Department of Education, this guide helps parents understand the language of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Improvement Act of 2004 (IDEA).
Ohio Coalition for the Education of Children with Disabilities (OCECD)
This state-level program offers programs to help parents become informed and effective representatives for their children in all educational settings. One-to-one support available.
Child Mind Institute: ADHD Parent and Educator Workshop Series
Covers a range of issues affecting children with ADHD and their support networks, from navigating school, friendships and family gatherings to the ins and outs of treatment and medication. Past workshops available on demand from the Child Mind Institute website.
Offers educational programs such as its NAMI Basics class for parents of children living with mental illness and an “Ask the Psychiatrist” night where you can ask questions about medications. These programs are free, but registration is required.
Children and Adults with Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (CHADD): Ask the Expert Webinars
Hosts free monthly online webcasts with leading experts in the field of ADHD.
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Our Facebook page (link below) is a great place to get updates on local workshops and seminars!
ADDitude Magazine Online
ADDitude Magazine and its online site provide clear, accurate, user-friendly information and advice from the leading experts and practitioners in mental health and learning.
One of the largest selections of ADHD-related books, videos, training programs, games, professional texts and assessment products available for purchase.
ADHD & You
Helps people understand ADHD and how it is managed. One particular focus of the site is the school-age child with ADHD and what can be done to help with the challenges they may face. (Please note that this site was developed by a pharmaceutical company, Shire, a provider of ADHD medications.)
The site features hundreds of helpful articles, multimedia, monthly columns by noted experts, first-person essays, children’s writing and artwork, a comprehensive resource guide, very active forums and a Yellow Pages referral directory of professionals, schools, and products.
Understood is the NCLD's online education portal and includes articles, tip sheets, decision guides and more for parents of children with attention and learning issues.
American Academy of Child & Adolescent Psychiatry
Provides an ADHD Resource Center as well as an ADHD Guide for Families.
American Psychological Association
Offers a number of useful articles on ADHD, including tips and techniques for managing attention disorders.
Center for Disease Control
Extensive collection of ADHD-related materials, including data and statistics, research and scientific articles. Also offers a library of printable materials (see Downloads) that can be useful for families and educators.
Child Mind Institute
Offers a “topics” section on ADHD with articles from experts in the field.
National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI)
Offers a topic page with information on ADHD diagnosis, treatment and relationship to comorbid mental illnesses such as anxiety and depression.
National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH)
Reviews causes, symptoms, diagnosis and treatments of ADHD, including medications and psychotherapy.
Sensory Processing Disorder Foundation
An estimated 40 to 60 percent of children with ADHD also have symptoms of Sensory Processing Disorder (SPD), especially the sensory-seeking subtype. This website will provide you with information on SPD and how it is treated.
Alternate Program & Service Provider Search Sites
In addition to the Connecting for Kids website, there are several websites dedicated to providing program and service provider information. These sites cover a larger geographical area and results may not always be local, but they can give you additional ideas of the types of services available to your family.
Downloadable information and materials are available from a variety of sources, including The American Academy of Child & Adolescent Psychology (AACAP), The Centers for Disease Control (CDC), Children and Adults with Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (CHADD), The National Centers for Learning Disabilities (NCLD), and the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH).
AACAP: ADHD: A Guide for Families (Video Recordings)
Video guide covering a variety of ADHD topics, including:
CHADD: Introduction to ADHD (Downloadable Video Guide)
This free, downloadable video guide was created by Children and Adults with Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (CHADD) and is approximately 1-1/2 hours long. Teachings are based upon the highly effective “Parent to Parent” program with lots of information for adults with ADHD as well.
Child Mind Institute: ADHD School Success Kit
List of tips to help make the transition back to school successful for children with ADHD.
Child Mind Institute: Parents Guide to ADHD
Addresses symptoms and frequently asked questions about ADHD and ADD in an easy-to-read format.
NCLD: Executive Function 101 eBook and Infographic
The eBook explains executive functioning in a clear, understandable way and helps you pinpoint the struggles your child might experience. It’s organized into three broad categories where executive skills come into play: learning; behavior and emotions; and social situations and relationships.
The infographic takes you through a day in the life of Josh, a sixth grader with executive function challenges. A great way to talk to your child about executive functioning.
NIMH: Easy-To-Read ADHD Fact Sheet (English/Español)
Available as both a printable PDF and an online resource, this document covers common questions, such as:
The following books and videos have been selected by Connecting for Kids families to help other families on their journey with ADHD. If you know of a book recommendation that is not in this list, please email email@example.com to have it added.
Books for Families
Books for Children
Media at WPPL
Westlake Porter Public Library (WPPL) maintains a special-needs section with a collection of books and DVDs with information on ADHD, including many of the titles listed here. You do not need to be a resident of Westlake or Cuyahoga County to receive a library card from WPPL.
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