Attention Problems in School

Periodically, windows of opportunities arise for providing inservice at schools about mental health and psychosocial concerns. When such opportunities appear, it may be helpful to access one or more of our Center's Quick Training Aids.

Each of these offers a brief set of resources to guide those providing an inservice session. (They also are a form of quick self-tutorial.)    

Most encompass    
  • key talking points for a short training session    
  • a brief overview of the topic    
  • facts sheets    
  • tools    
  • a sampling of other related information and resources
  • In compiling resource material, the Center tries to identify those that represent "best practice" standards. If you know of better material, please let us know so that we can make improvements.

    Guide for Suggested Talking Points

    1. Brief Overview

      Present main points from:
    1. Labeling Troubled and Troubling Youth: The Name Game - Excerpted from Addressing Barriers to Learning Newlsetter, Vol. 1(3), Summer 1996.
    2. Attention Problems and Motivation - Excerpted from an Introductory Packet on Attention Problems: Intervention and Resources, Center for Mental Health in Schools (1999)
    3. Info about the National Information Center for Children and Youth with Disabilities's Briefing Paper on ADHD

  • Fact Sheets/Practice Notes
    1. The Broad Continuum of Attention Problems - Adapted from The Classification of Child and Adolescent Mental Diagnoses in Primary Care, American Academy of Pediatrics (1996). Excerpted from a center Guidebook entitled: Common Psychosocial Problems of School Aged Youth (1999) and a center Introductory Packet entitled: Attention Problems: Intervention and Resources (1999)
    2. Fact Sheet: Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder in Children and Adolescents - Center for Mental Health Services fact sheet. Available online:
      1. Note the section titled What Are the Signs of Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder, which lists the symptoms of ADHD.
      2. Because families may look to teachers or school counselors for help and/or referrals for their child, it is important to know what resources exist. See the section: What Help is Available for Families?
    3. Practice Notes: ADD Look-Alikes: Same Symptoms but Different Problems - Excerpted from Carroll, S. (1997), National Association of School Psychologists, Communique Special Edition, (Vol. 25, No. 6, insert).
    4. Practice Notes: Medication and Attention Deficit-Hyperactivity Disorder - Adapted from Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder, National Institute of Mental Health (1996). Available online:
    5. IDEA '97 Regulations - Children with "ADD/ADHD" - Excerpted from the Dept. of Education:

  • Tools/Handouts - Why and How?
    1. Practice Parameters for Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder Assessment and Treatment - Excerpts from the Journal of the American Academy of Child & Adolescent Psychiatry, (Oct 1997).
    2. Clinical Practice Guideline: Diagnosis and Evaluation of the Child with Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder - Excerpted from pediatrics 2000; 105: 1158-70.

  • Intervention Strategies / Model Programs
    1. 504 Accommodations Checklist
    2. Surgeon General Report, Treatment of ADHD (excerpt)
    3. NIMH Research & Treatment for ADHD (excerpt) -

  • Additional Resources
  • Originals for Overheads
  • The following can be copied to overhead transparencies to assist in presenting this material.
    1. Problems categorized on a Continuum Using a Transactional View
    2. The Broad Continuum of Attention Problems
    3. What are the Signs of Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder?
    4. 504 Accommodation Checklist

    This material provided by: UCLA Center for Mental Health in Schools/Los Angeles, CA 90095-1563
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