ADHD from A to Z: Advances in the Understanding and Management of ADHD in Children and Adolescents

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ADHD is among the most common childhood and adolescent behavioural disorders, affecting up to 5-7 percent of the school-age population and 4-5 percent of adults. Research has shown that ADHD is a disorder of the brain's executive functions that provide for human self-regulation across time to anticipate future events. The longer ADHD persists over development, the more likely it is to overlap with other disorders and the more likely it is to adversely impact major domains of life activities. 

The disorder impairs all major life activities studied to date, including family, peer, community, educational, occupational, sexual, social, driving, and financial domains. It is therefore imperative that mental health, medical, and educational professionals understand the executive functions, how they develop, how ADHD interferes with that development, and how best to address those executive and self-regulatory deficits produced by ADHD.

This seminar recording will provide a summary of the major advances over the past decade in the nature, diagnosis, life course, aetiologies, and management of ADHD in children and teens. It also discusses the role of executive functioning and self-regulation in the disorder and what this means for management of ADHD. New research exists on the life course of children with ADHD and their adult outcomes that illustrate how impaired EF can negatively impact major life activities. 

The results of that research have numerous implications for the management of ADHD. Dr Barkley will discuss the advances in our scientific knowledge of ADHD and their exciting implications for optimizing the effective treatment of children and teens having ADHD. He will also discuss the science-based treatments for the management of ADHD, its executive functioning deficits, and the impairments likely to arise from the disorder.


  1. Understand the nature of ADHD as a developmental disruption in executive functioning and self-regulation, providing tremendous insight into the nature of the disorder and treatment planning
  2. Explain the demographic and situational factors affecting the occurrence and severity of ADHD
  3. Describe the causes of ADHD and how they impact the brain's executive functions
  4. Identify the developmental course of ADHD, the impairments it may produce in various major life activities, and their implications for treatment planning
  5. Summarize each of the major empirically based treatment approaches for ADHD, including parent counseling, classroom management, and ADHD medications


Symptoms and Diagnosis of ADHD

  • History of ADHD
  • Symptoms
  • Demographics
  • Persistence
  • Diagnostic Criteria
  • Discovery of a second attention disorder - Sluggish Cognitive Tempo

ADHD and Executive Functioning

  • What is executive functioning (EF)?
  • How ADHD impairs executive functioning - ADHD is EFDD
  • Implications for understanding and managing ADHD/EFDD

The Causes of ADHD and Impact on Brain EF Systems

  • Summary of research on various causes
  • Neurobiology
  • Future developments from the neuro-genetic view

Life Course Outcomes of ADHD/EFDD and Treatment Implications

  • Review of various childhood domains of impairment
  • Persistence of ADHD - rates of retention and recovery
  • Impact of adolescence of ADHD and domains of impairment
    1. Education, peers, health and sex, and driving
  • Impairments in ADHD children by adulthood
  • Impact on treatment planning

Overview of the Science-Based Treatments for ADHD 

Parent Counseling and Home 

Management of ADHD

  • The 18 guiding principles for managing ADHD
  • What issues to cover with parents
  • Parent training programs
  • Parent-teen problem-solving communication training

Medication Management of EF Deficits in ADHD

  • Stimulants
  • Atomoxetine
  • Guanfacine XR
  • Other Medications

School Management of EF Deficits in ADHD

  • Basic considerations
  • Peer tutoring
  • Adjusting classroom incentives
  • Daily behaviour report cards
  • Disciplinary options
  • Keys to managing ADHD teens at school

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About Russell A. Barkley, Ph.D.

Russell A. Barkley, Ph.D., is a Clinical Professor of Psychiatry at the Medical University of South Carolina and Research Professor of Psychiatry at the State University of New York Upstate Medical University in Syracuse. He served as the Director of Psychology at the University of Massachusetts Medical School for more than 15 years (1985-2000) and established the research clinics for both child and adult Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorders. In 2002, he relocated to the Charleston, SC region.
Dr Barkley is a Diplomate in three specialities, Clinical Psychology (ABPP), Clinical Child and Adolescent Psychology, and Clinical Neuropsychology (ABCN, ABPP). He is a clinical scientist, educator, and practitioner who has authored, co-authored, or co-edited 13 books and clinical manuals now numbering 23 separate editions. He has published more than 230 scientific articles and book chapters related to the nature, assessment, and treatment of ADHD and related disorders. His most recent books include ADHD in Adults: What the Science Says (2008);ADHD in Adults: Diagnosis and Management (2007); Your Defiant Teen (2008); Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder: A Handbook for Diagnosis and Treatment (3rd ed., 2006), Taking Charge of ADHD: The Complete Authoritative Guide for Parents (2005, 3rd ed.), and Assessment of Childhood Disorders (2007). In 1993, he founded a bimonthly newsletter for clinical professionals, The ADHD Report (Guilford). He has created seven professional videotapes on ADHD and defiant children, three of which have won national awards, including the 1992 and 1994 Golden Apple Award for educational videos from the National Education Association. Dr Barkley has served on the editorial boards of 11 scientific journals and as a reviewer for numerous others.
Dr Barkley has presented more than 600 invited workshops, public addresses, and scientific presentations internationally, including Australia, New Zealand, Belgium, Israel, Russia, Kenya, Venezuela, Sweden, Denmark, Norway, Iceland, Finland, Spain, Portugal, Brazil, Argentina, Uruguay, Italy, Canada, and Great Britain. He has appeared on the nationally televised 60 Minutes, The Today Show, Good Morning America, CBS Sunday Morning, CNN and many other programs on behalf of those with ADHD. In 1994, he received the Distinguished Contribution Award from the American Association of Applied and Preventive Psychology, and in 1996, he was awarded the C. Anderson Aldrich Award from the American Academy of Paediatrics for his research career in child development. In 1998, he received the Award for Distinguished Contribution to Research from the Section on Clinical Child Psychology, (now Division 53) of the American Psychological Association. In 2002, he received the Dissemination Award from the Society for a Science of Clinical Psychology, Division 12, of the American Psychological Association for his career efforts to educate the public and other professionals about the science of ADHD. 

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