You may wish to consult the ADHD page of NAMI’s website where you will find information on the condition, current treatments, ways to support recovery. In addition, we would suggest talking to your child’s primary care physician about your observations of ADHD/ADD symptoms. Your primary care physician may be able to provide more insight into any potential mental health condition as well as aid in finding the proper treatment.
CHADD is an organization that provides specific information on ADHD/ADD and treatment options. Their information line can be reached at 800-233-4050, Monday-Friday, 1:00 – 5:00 PM EST.
KidsHealth is a non-profit organization founded to help parents, kids, and teens take charge of their health. The Parents section of their website includes information on numerous mental health conditions, including ADHD, information on diagnosis, treatment, and support.
If your child is diagnosed with a mental health condition, the following resources may help you understand the rights they have as a student:
• Council of Parent Attorneys and Advocates is a non-profit organization that protects the legal and civil rights of students with disabilities and their families. Their For Students and Families page provides downloadable .pdf resources.
• At some point you may want to work with a disability specialist in your child’s school. Learn about the Child Find mandate to understand the legal requirements for schools to identify children who have disabilities and need services.
• Understood for Learning and Attention Issues has information about school accommodations, IEPs, 504s, and IDEA (Individuals with Disabilities Education Act).
• Center for Parent Information and Resources is highly informative on IDEA as well as other education related mental health laws.
Finally, The National Association of Therapeutic Schools and Programs serves as a national resource for program and professionals to assist young people living with emotional and behavioral difficulties. They offer a find a program or school feature on their website to locate schools and other programs for teens with a mental or behavioral health condition.