Bucks County Herald

ADHD support group expands outreach

Adults and parents of children with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), a neurobiological disorder that affects approximately 10 percent of children and 4 percent of adults in the U.S. today, now have access to an expanded local resource group to gain valuable information and education about ADHD.

BuxMont CHADD (formerly Elkins Park CHADD), the local chapter of the national organization, is expanding its outreach to the 15 school districts in Bucks County along with the 23 districts in Montgomery County that it currently supports. The group offers monthly informative sessions for parents with presentations by expert speakers and supportive conversations between parents of children with ADHD. A separate adults group features speakers or round table discussions to share and discuss concerns and strategies for living and thriving as an adult with ADHD.

ADHD is a neurodevelopmental disorder characterized by a persistent pattern of inattention and/or hyperactivity and impulsivity that interferes with daily functioning and life’s achievements. For individuals with ADHD, life can be riddled with difficulties in functioning, interpersonal, social, academic and professional skills.

ADHD is highly manageable with an individualized, multi-modal treatment approach that can include behavioral interventions, parent/patient training, educational support and medication.

Larry Maltin, program coordinator of BuxMont CHADD, got involved several years ago when his granddaughter was diagnosed with ADHD and volunteered to organize the monthly parents programming.

“Topics at our meetings cut across the most critical domains of development for persons with ADHD: professional treatment, including medications; school and available supports; the home environment; social relationships; and the workplace. In addition to providing parents the latest information in each of these areas, group meetings allow conversations between parents in a safe and supportive environment,” Malting explained.

Meetings are held September through June at Einstein Medical Center in Elkins Park.

The parent’s group meets on the first Tuesday of the month at 7 p.m., and the adult’s group meets on the third Tuesday of the month, also at 7 p.m..

For information, contact BuxMont CHADD Coordinator Claire Noyes at BuxMont-CHADD@chadd.net, 267-326-7760 or on the web at chadd.net/249.



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