Thoughts about kids with ADHD
These articles are of interest to anyone, who has a child with ADHD or work with children with ADHD.
What is ADHD (Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder)
The information below cannot be used to diagnose ADHD. It can only suggest that a person may be a candidate for the disorder. There are other disorders that have similar signs. Only an expert in ADHD can diagnose the disorder. If there is a team with an expertise in ADHD available in your area, please, consult them. The team may consist of a neurologist, a psychologist, a speech therapist, an occupational therapist and a special needs trained teacher. Your child’s teacher, your neighbour, your family doctor, your paediatrician cannot diagnose ADHD. However, your doctor can refer you to an expert or a team of experts.
A neurological disorder affecting a person’s attention, activity level and impulse control. This disorder may cause a life-long disability. However, with proper treatment the effects can “dramatically reduce the family, educational, behavioural and psychological problems experienced by individuals with ADHD” (Sam Goldstein, 2009). Persons with ADHD are unable to act in the expected manner. ADHD is only diagnosed if it interferes with the person’s quality of life and is present for a prolonged period of time.
Excalibur ADHD Association
A retired Deputy Minister of Education, several teachers, a Special Needs Coordinator and other interested persons started Excalibur After School Society in March 2001. The basic program was developed over a year and the Society opened its doors to students in September 2002. The program has since evolved. In 2011 the Society changed its name to Excalibur ADHD Associaiton to better reflect the changes in programing.
Our Mission Statement
To provide programs that give children, youth and adults a quality experience that enhances their academic, social, and recreational growth. To offer value-added programs that guide and support all caregivers of people with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD). These will allow people with ADHD from all levels of our society an opportunity to succeed.