Understanding ADHD: Current Research and Practice
King's College London
  • Start Date: 01 Nov, 2021
  • 4 weeks
  • Study Content: Videos


Learn about attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) including ADHD symptoms, the latest research and ADHD treatment.

Course Fee: Free
Certificate Cost: See Fees and Eligibility

Introduction

Introduction Video

Course Description

This course is made available through the eLearnAfrica and FutureLearn partnership.

Ensure your knowledge of ADHD is up to date by exploring the latest research


What is attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) and how do you diagnose it? Find out the answers on this 4-week online course from King’s College London.


This course features fundamental information about ADHD, as well as the latest research in the field. Each week, we provide links to key research papers, information about ongoing research here at KCL, and some practical tips and advice.


We’ll also be joined by Katharine, a mother with ADHD, with a husband and child, both formally diagnosed with ADHD. Each week, she’ll offer insight into her own experiences with the disorder.


Understanding ADHD symptoms


To start, we will look at ADHD from a historical perspective and also discuss how common ADHD is. We’ll then explore what symptoms are, and how they are different from “normal” behaviours.


You’ll gain insight into the different symptoms of ADHD and discover how the disorder can vary depending on age and gender.


Being a parent to a child with ADHD


Parenting a child with ADHD can be difficult, but as you will see in the course, often the difficulties go beyond the child’s behaviour. Frequently, ADHD has a genetic component, and so the parent might also have the disorder themselves.


To help you deal with the challenges of a child with ADHD, you’ll hear perspectives from different professionals, such as an educational psychologist, support worker and GP.


Explore ADHD diagnosis and treatment options


There are a range of causes of ADHD, and we’ll discuss the “nature vs nurture” debate relating to the disorder. After looking at causes, we’ll see how ADHD affects the brain and think about the challenges with diagnosing ADHD.


In our final week, we look at the sometimes controversial issue of ADHD treatment and management; both pharmaceutical and non-pharmaceutical.


This course is for people with ADHD and anyone working with children and adults with ADHD. This includes parents and close family members, teachers, and educational (learning disability) assessors in schools and higher education and occupational therapists.


Certificate cost may vary. You will be redirected to the host page for cost and payment options.

King's College London

King’s College London is one of the world’s leading research and teaching universities based in the heart of London.

King’s is dedicated to the advancement of knowledge, learning and understanding in the service of society. King’s is ranked in the top 20 universities in the world (QS World University Rankings 2013), The Sunday Times ‘University of the Year 2010/11’ and the fourth oldest in England. A research-led university based in the heart of London, King’s has more than 25,000 students (of whom more than 10,000 are graduate students) from 145 countries, and some 6,500 employees.

King’s is in the second phase of a £1 billion redevelopment programme which is transforming its estate. King’s has an outstanding reputation for providing world-class teaching and cutting-edge research. In the 2008 Research Assessment Exercise (RAE) for British universities, 23 departments were ranked in the top quartile of British universities. 60 per cent of our research is classed by the RAE as world-leading or of internationally-excellent standard. The College is in the top seven UK universities for research earnings and has an overall annual income of nearly £155 million (2011-12).

Over the past 180 years King’s has made an extraordinary contribution to modern life, particularly in the areas of humanities, law, the sciences (including a wide range of health areas such as psychiatry, medicine, nursing and dentistry) and social sciences including international affairs. We have played a major role in many of the advances that have shaped modern life, such as the discovery of the structure of DNA and research that led to the development of radio, television, mobile phones and radar. We are the largest centre for the education of healthcare professionals in Europe; no university has more Medical Research Council Centres.

King’s Health Partners brings together a world-leading research-led university (King’s College London) and three of London’s most successful NHS Foundation Trusts (Guy’s and St Thomas’, King’s College Hospital and South London and Maudsley).

 

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