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Contemporary Parenting Questions


Last updated on 09/01/08

How can I tell if my child has ADD*?

Attention Deficit Disorder, otherwise known as ADD, is a common behavioral disorder that affects an estimated 8% to 10% of school-age children. Boys are about three times more likely than girls to be diagnosed with it, though it is not yet understood why. Poor parenting, too much sugar, or vaccines do not cause ADHD. ADHD has biological origins that are not yet clearly understood. No single cause has been identified, but researchers are exploring a number of possible genetic and environmental links. Studies have shown that many kids with ADHD have a close relative who also has the disorder. Although ADD may impair a child's ability to function socially, academically, and at home, a child treated successfully can learn to successfully live with and manage their symptoms.

In the Jewish Community:

Attention Deficit Disorder is a one that the Jewish Community knows well. A quick look at some of the teenagers who choose not to practice Judaism shows the prevalence of ADD in the Jewish community. Although ADD cannot take credit for every individual who left the path of Judaism, there is concrete evidence that many of the teenagers who divert from orthodoxy suffer from ADD. In many instances, these individuals were often misunderstood as children and labeled “bad”, hence their dissatisfaction with Judaism. Recently, however, action has been taken to help the children suffering from ADD. Project YES, founded by Rabbi Yakov Horowitz, has established many programs to help children and teenagers who do not fit into the usual mold. In addition, many schools like Yeshiva Bais Hachinuch in Spring Valley, NY opened their doors specifically for children who are unable to function in a typical classroom setting.

Use the following links to educate yourself about Attention Deficit Disorder. Train yourself to recognize ADD before it becomes a problem and learn how to help your child with his struggle.

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What is ADD?

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CHADD is a national nonprofit organization representing children and adults with ADHD.

National Attention Deficit Disorder Association (ADDA)
This organization is built around the needs of adults and young adults with attention deficit disorders.

American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP)
The AAP is committed to the health and well-being of infants, adolescents, and young adults. The website offers news articles and tips on health for families.

National Association of School Psychologists (NASP)
The mission of the NASP is to promote educationally and psychologically healthy environments for all children and youth by implementing research-based programs that prevent problems, enhance independence, and promote optimal learning.

*Note: According to the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, Fourth Edition, 1994, (DSM-IV) the diagnostic label is Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD). However, in popular conversation and on, the terms - ADD, ADHD, and AD/HD - are used interchangeably.

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