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Attention Issues

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.

Concerned About Your Child's Attention Issues?

Connecting for Kids' Empower the Parent program shows you how to get started finding help. We also encourage residents of the Connecting for Kids service area to contact us for personalized support.

Promote Awareness

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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CFK's Previous Speakers

CFK's ADHD Pinterest Board (expert articles on ADHD, attention and more)

Upcoming events

Full calendar (see all upcoming events)


A number of national organizations support individuals with ADHD and attention issues. This list identifies some of the most well-known organizations and those who provide additional resources for families.

Children and Adults with Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (CHADD)

CHADD, also known as The National Resource Center on ADHD, is a nonprofit organization providing education, advocacy and support for individuals with ADHD.

www.chadd.org | www.help4adhd.org

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.


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County-Specific Services

Additional services are available to Ohio residents based on county of residency. These services include Help Me Grow (birth to 3) and County Boards of Developmental Disabilities (shown in right column) as well as community-based services and nonprofits (shown below).

Applewood Centers

(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.

View in Connecting for Kids Service Provider Directory

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.

View in Connecting for Kids Service Provider Directory

The Nord Center

(Lorain) Nonprofit offering behavioral healthcare services for school-aged children in Lorain county.

View in Connecting for Kids Service Provider Directory


(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.

View in Connecting for Kids Service Provider Directory

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Help Me Grow (birth to 3)

Help Me Grow is available at no cost to all Ohio families with qualifying children under three years of age. Ask your pediatrician for more information or click the Referrals link on the Help Me Grow website.

County Boards of Developmental Disabilities (all ages)

Counties offer services through departments of developmental disabilities, ranging from therapy and educational services to camps, transportation, assistive devices and financial support.

Educational Resources

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.

Alternative Schools

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.

Education Advocacy


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.

Education Materials


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.


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Ohio Scholarships

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.

View in Connecting for Kids Service Provider Directory

Educational Service Centers (ESCs) (school age)

ESCs offers parent and professional seminars and parent mentors to help with the IEP process.

Seminars & Workshops

Families can participate in seminars and workshops to learn more about their child's struggles or take advantage of new treatment options. In addition to seminars and workshops advertised on our Facebook page, the following organizations present materials on a regular basis.

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!


A number of websites provide excellent information, ideas and resources for families struggling with attention issues. These websites are categorized into two groups for your convenience: those with ADHD-specific contant and more general pediatric websites.

ADHD-Specific Websites

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.


A.D.D. WareHouse

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.)


LD OnLine

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.


Other Websites

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.


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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:

  • What is ADHD?
  • How common is ADHD?
  • Common signs and symptoms
  • Getting treatment
  • Supporting school success
  • The teenage years
  • Working together

CDC: ADHD Fact Sheet and ADHD Symptom Checklist

Printable fact sheet with includes symptoms and what to do if you suspect your child has attention issues. The printable checklist of ADHD symptoms could be used to facilitate conversations with medical professionals and with schools.


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:

  • What is ADHD?
  • What are the symptoms of ADHD in children?
  • What causes ADHD?
  • How is ADHD diagnosed?
  • How is ADHD treated?

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Books & DVDs

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 webmaster@connectingforkids.org to have it added.

Books for Families

      • All Dogs Have ADHD, K. Hoopmann (Amazon Smile)
      • Answers to Distraction, E. Hallowell and J. Ratey (Amazon Smile)
      • Delivered from Distraction: Getting the Most out of Life with Attention Deficit Disorder, E. Hallowell and J. Ratey (Amazon Smile)
      • Driven to Distraction: Recognizing and Coping with Attention Deficit Disorder from Childhood through Adulthood, E. Hallowell and J. Ratey (Amazon Smile)
      • Healing ADD Revised Edition: The Breakthrough Program that Allows You to See and Heal the 7 Types of ADD, D. Amen (Amazon Smile)
      • More Attention, Less Deficit: Success Strategies for Adults with ADHD, A. Tuckmand (Amazon Smile)
      • Taking Charge of ADHD: The Complete, Authoritative Guide for Parents, R. Barkley (Amazon Smile)
      • The Disorganized Mind: Coaching Your ADHD Brain to Take Control of Your Time, Tasks, and Talents, N. Ratey (Amazon Smile)
      • Understanding Girls with ADHD, K. Naseau, E. Littman, and P. Quinn (Amazon Smile)
      • You Mean I’m Not Lazy, Stupid or Crazy? The Classic Self-Help Book for Adults with Attention Deficit Disorder, K. Kelly and P. Ramundo (Amazon Smile)

Books for Children

  • Jumping Johnny, Get Back to Work: A Child's Guide to ADHD/Hyperactivity, M. Gordon (Amazon Smile)
  • Learning to Slow Down and Pay Attention: A Book for Kids about ADHD, K. Nadeau (Amazon Smile)
  • The Don’t Give Up Kid and Learning Disabilities, J. Gehret and M. LaDuca (Amazon Smile)
  • Otto Learns About His Medicine: A Story about Medication for Children with ADHD, M. Galvin (Amazon Smile)
  • Shelly the HyperActive Turtle, D. Moss (Amazon Smile)


  • ADD & Loving It (DVD), R. Green

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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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