This list identifies websites and downloads that families can use to help build understanding as well as apps for mobile devices that have helped families with a child experiencing attention issues.
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For featured resources, including our "top four" websites, downloads and apps as recommended by local experts in the field, see the Attention Issues Resource Guide.
The following websites have been recommended by Connecting for Kids families as useful resources for individuals struggling with attention issues:
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.
AACAP: ADHD Resource Center
Online resource containing reviewed research, fact sheets and frequently asked questions for families.
CDC: ADHD Topic Page
Extensive collection of ADHD-related materials, including data and statistics, research and scientific articles. Also offers a library of printable materials (see Downloads tab) that can be useful for families and educators.
Child Mind Institute: ADHD Collection
Collection of articles published by Child Mind Institute on ADHD.
CHADD: Understanding ADHD for Parents and Caregivers
Provides advice on coping with an ADHD diagnosis, improving home and school life and information about parent training.
Empowering Parents: ADHD/ADD Article Collection
Collection of articles relating to the struggles experienced by children with attention issues.
Info About Kids
Online resource center created by the American Psychological Association (APA) for behavioral science-based information on children, youth and families.
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, forums and a Yellow Pages referral directory of professionals, schools, and products.
NAMI: Topic Page
Topic page with information on ADHD symptoms, treatment and related conditions.
NAMI: Support for Family Members
Provides guidance on how to support your child while maintaining a healthy relationship and an appropriate level of self care.
NIMH: Topic Page
Reviews causes, symptoms, diagnosis and treatments of ADHD, including medications and psychotherapy.
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.
Connecting for Kids families have found the following brochures, screening tools, worksheets and other online publications useful in educating themselves and others on their child's attention issues.
AACAP: ADHD - A Guide for Families
Video guide covering topics, including an introduction of ADHD, common signs and symptoms, treatment options, supporting school success and working together.
AACAP: ADHD and the Brain
Article identifies areas of the brain impacted by ADHD and basics of how the brain transmits messages.
AACAP: ADHD Parents Medication Guide
Resource guide for families with background on ADHD and information on medication types available.
ADDitude Magazine: The Social Executive Function Skills That Elude Kids with ADHD
Article with information on how social skills are impacted by executive function and ADHD.
CDC: ADHD Fact Sheet and ADHD Symptom Checklist
Printable fact sheet which 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 educators.
Child Mind Institute: Parents Guide to ADHD
Online guide addresses symptoms and frequently asked questions about ADHD 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: Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD): The Basics
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? and How is ADHD treated?
SAMHSA: Understanding ADHD for Caregivers
Printable fact sheet provides an overview of attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder among youth and young adults. It offers guidance on how to provide support, and recommendations for treatment.
More and more mobile applications (apps) are being developed to help individuals struggling with attention issues. The following apps have been used by Connecting for Kids families:
Note: Starred apps (*) are available for families to try at no cost on the special needs iPad at Westlake Porter Public Library.
Bear in Mind App: To-Do List, Reminder, Tasks (paid app)
Calm: Meditation to Relax, Focus & Sleep Better (free)
Google Keep - Notes and Lists (free)