Initial training content focuses on raising awareness of ADHD symptomology, with a particular focus on the ways that inattentive, hyperactive, and impulsive symptoms manifest in school. Specific deficits related to ADHD including those across executive functioning, social functioning, distorted self-perception, internalizing and externalizing behavior, and comorbidities are discussed. Additionally, this section of the training disseminates knowledge about ADHD as it relates to gender, culture, socioeconomic status, genetic and environmental risk factors. Finally, this section includes content addressing common misconceptions about the causes of ADHD (e.g. diet, lead, vaccines).
In the next portion of the training, the utility of selected ratings scales, computerized cognitive assessments, and semi-structured interviews for assessing ADHD are reviewed. Trainees will experience a simulation of a computerized cognitive assessment and will be able to consider specific interview questions.
The training concludes by presenting a variety of evidence-based treatment options recommended to support students with ADHD along with closely related considerations. After identifying current issues with treatment (e.g. retention), the discussion tackles the controversial issue of stimulant medication and introduces parent management training and other community-based interventions for educators to be aware of. Lastly, trainees are provided with evidence-based practices to be used in the classroom and outlines school-based interventions (e.g. contingency management, peer mentor programs).