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The programs and resources developed by Every Day with ADHD are based on many years of empirical data, qualitative data and training.

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Social Welfare Victoria

Qualitative

Developing the first parenting course for ADHD in Australia

Feedback from hundreds of families, teachers, community workers, doctors, paediatricians, schools, agencies and government departments

Having presented and spoken with thousands of participants over a 22 year span.

Studying Biographies and Autobiographies of many individuals who have or have had ADHD or a Learning Disability.

Research

All information pertaining to percentages, populations and statistics are sourced from census information Government sites and scientific studies. Over 22 years there have been so many references so the following is a sample.

Reference examples

American Psychiatric Association Diagnostic and statistical manual of mental disorders, fourth edition, revised (DSM-IV-TR) Washington DC: American Psychiatric Association, 2000.

The Australian Bureau of Statistics

The New Zealand Government Statistics site
http://www.stats.govt.nz/searchresults.aspx?q=ADHD

The Australian Guidelines for ADHD Draft      Royal Australasian College of Physicians

The University of Sydney theoretical model available at
http://www2.fhs.usyd.edu.au/arow/adhd/ADHDstressandcopingmodel.doc
Barry TD, Lyman RD, Klinger LG. Academic Underachievement and Attention Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder: The negative impact on symptom severity on school performance. J Sch Psychol 2002; 40: 259-283

Babinski LM, Hartsough CS, Lambert NM. Childhood Conduct Problems, hyperactivity-impulsivity, and inattention as predictors of adult criminal activity. J Child Psychol Psychiatry 1999; 40: 347 – 55

Biederman J, Wilens T, Mick E, Faraone SV, Weber W, Curtis S, Thornell A, Pfister K, Jetton JG, Soriano J. Is ADHD a risk factor for psychoactive substance use disorders? Findings from a four-year prospective follow-up study. J Am Acad Child Adolesc Psychiatry 1997; 36:21-9.

Cosgrave EM, Robinson J, Godfrey KA, Yuen HP, Killackey EJ, Baker KD, Buckby JA, Yung AR. Outcome of suicidal ideation and behavior in a young, help-seeking population over a 2-year period. Crisis 2007; 28:4-10.

Sawyer MG, Carbone JA, Searle AK, Robinson P. The mental health and wellbeing of children and adolescents in home-based foster care. Med J Aust 2007; 186:181-4.

Niederhofer H, Hackenberg B, Lanzendorfer K, Staffen W, Mair A. Family coherence and ADHD. Psychol Rep 2002; 91:123-126.

Biederman J, Faraone SV, Spencer T, Wilens T, Norman D, Lapey KA, Mick E, Lehman BK, Doyle A. Patterns of psychiatric comorbidity, cognition, and psychosocial functioning in adults with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder. Am J Psychiatry 1993; 150:1792-8.

Altfas JR. Prevalence of attention deficit/hyperactivity disorder among adults in obesity treatment. BMC Psychiatry 2002; 2:9.

Barkley RA, Cox D. A review of driving risks and impairments associated with attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder and the effects of stimulant medication on driving performance. J Safety Res 2007; 38:113-28.

Kessler RC, Adler L, Ames M, Barkley RA, Birnbaum H, Greenberg P, Johnston JA, Spencer T, Ustun TB. The prevalence and effects of adult attention deficit/hyperactivity disorder on work performance in a nationally representative sample of workers. J Occup Environ Med 2005; 47:565-72.

Kitchens SA, Rosen LA, Braaten EB. Differences in anger, aggression, depression, and anxiety between ADHD and non-ADHD children. J Attention Disord 1999; 3:77-83.

Barkley RA. Attention-Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder A Handbook for Diagnosis and Treatment, 3rd Edition. New York Guilford Press, 2006.

Semrud-Clikeman M, Biederman J, Sprich-Buckminster S, Lehman BK, Faraone SV, Norman D. Comorbidity between ADDH and learning disability: a review and report in a clinically referred sample. J Am Acad Child Adolesc Psychiatry 1992; 31:439-48.

ADHD and Learning Difficulties

Although an individual can have ADHD without experiencing learning difficulties and vice versa, about 80% of those with ADHD also have learning difficulties or a specific learning Disability, usually in the language area (LLD).

As there tend to be characteristics in common with both of these conditions, it is recommended that all children with ADHD be tested for learning disabilities (LD) and children with LD be tested for ADHD. Many receive treatment for one condition and not the other.

It is for these reasons that ADHD and learning disabilities are found represented in the same literature.

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