You have been asked by the local elementary school to make a brief presentation about ADHD. The school guidance counselor has been especially impressed by your family systems approach to treatment.Using the resources from this week’s readings, develop a power point presentation that you could present to an audience of parents who are concerned that their child might have ADHD.
The following topics should be included in your presentation:
a. How do we know it when we see it? Discuss assessment and diagnosis of the problem/disorder. Use DSM 5 criteria (where applicable). How is ADHD distinguished from other disorders?
b. How often does it occur and what are its correlates? Discuss prevalence rates for children and demographic risk factors (i.e., age, gender, ethnicity, SES).
c. What is the hypothesized cause and expected course of the disorder/problem? Discuss causal factors, duration, recurrence rates, long-term risks in adulthood associated with the problem itself and/or treatment side effects (e.g., iatrogenic effects of medications).
d. What does society think and do? Discuss the stereotypes or judgments that people might make about individuals with this presenting problem and their families. How would you approach parents who do not want to medicate their child? Conversely, how would you approach parents who view medication as the answer to their problems?
e. What makes working with an MFT for treatment of ADHD a good option for parents? How is this different than simply going to the doctor for medication?
Good presentations do not contain too much information in the slides/transitions. They contain enough information to whet the appetite of the participants and then the presenter completes the presentation with his or her narration. So, to complete the presentation, add narration with the presentations or make notes or provide a transcript of what you would say along with the slides/transitions.