September 29, 2021

ADHD Awareness Month

Getting to know ADHD

The more we can understand what ADHD really looks like, the less likely we will be to propagate stereotypes that can be harmful to those with ADHD. For this year's ADHD Awareness Month, we want to share the facts on what ADHD is and what it is not. 

From the ADDitude Directory, this graphic (below) discusses some of the most common myths about ADHD. For more fantastic resources available to download, check out ADDitude's Free Downloads page. ADDitude is a wonderful, evidence-based ADHD resource and UCEBT is also a proudly a member.

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Recent ADHD Statistics

Also from the ADDitude website, learn about some of the most recent statistics regarding ADHD.

For example, did you know that 9.4% of children in the United States between ages the 2 to 17 are estimated to have been diagnosed with ADHD?

Check out the ADDitude Statistics page for more statistics regarding ADHD and:

  • Prevalence in adults
  • Treatments
  • Related conditions
  • Demographics, race & ethnicity

Common strengths and difficulties of those with ADHD

This chart was acquired from a webinar by Dr. Liz Angoff, attended by UCEBT's Assessment & Testing Program Director, Laura Rowley Ph.D., who specializes in working with people who have ADHD and Autism.

Regarding processing speed, Dr. Rowley clarifies that "processing speed is a complex ability that encompasses multiple components. Individuals with ADHD can react quickly to things, but sometimes they aren't accurate. They can also process quickly when the information is relatively simple compared to neurotypicals. So they are fast thinkers but fast isn't always better, depending on the situation". Here is a related research study, "Which components of processing speed are affected in ADHD subtypes?"  https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/30558479/

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ADHD Evaluations

UCEBT provides comprehensive ADHD evaluations for both children and adults. Additionally, if ADHD is present and affecting academic performance, UCEBT also provides psycho-educational evaluations and works with schools on any corresponding recommendations. 

An evaluation can also be helpful to rule out ADHD and determine a more accurate diagnosis. That way, individuals can receive the most appropriate treatment for their needs. 

You do not need to be a client here in order to receive an evaluation. In fact, you can already be receiving treatment elsewhere and bring the results of the evaluation back to your current therapist for more fine-tuned treatment. However, if you would like to receive treatment at UCEBT, we provide that, too.

CLICK HERE to get started with an evaluation and/or treatment at UCEBT.

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Friday, June 11, 2021

12:00 p.m. - 1:30 p.m. MST

1.5 CE hour (UPA & NASW-UT) 

Register* here: https://form.jotform.com/211016371639148

*If you cannot attend the live event, you can still receive the video recording, presentation slides, and CE credit so long as you register beforehand.

About the presentation:

With Utah having one of the highest rates of Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) in the United States, the community relies on clinicians to provide early identification and intervention for this pervasive neurodevelopmental disorder. Although the last several decades have witnessed an increase in awareness and support for individuals on the spectrum and their families, many people with ASD are not receiving diagnoses and subsequent services until they are older children, adolescents, or even adults.

As research continues to grow, the field is discovering complexities that alter our recognition and understanding of ASD. This presentation will discuss demographic characteristics impacting identification, such as the “female autism phenotype,” autism in racial and ethnic minorities, and the intersection of ASD and LGBTQA+ identities. Furthermore, this talk will present evidence-based guidelines for differential diagnosis and present specific disorders that mimic or mask underlying ASD, including ADHD, OCD, and personality disorders.

Following the hour-long presentation, there will be a 30-minute Question and Answer period.

About the presenter:

Laura Rowley, Ph.D., licensed clinical psychologist. Laura obtained her doctorate from Wayne State University. She completed her APA-accredited internship and postdoctoral fellowship at Primary Children’s Hospital. Laura is currently the Program Coordinator for the Assessment and Testing Team and Utah Center for Evidence Based Treatment, where she provides testing services for children and adults.

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Originally presented: Friday, May 29, 2020

1.0 CE hour (UPA & NASW-UT)

To receive presentation recording, slides, and evaluation form for CE credit, register here:  https://form.jotform.com/201205940165143

About the presentation: ADHD is a complicated disorder with a fairly high degree of individual variation.  This lecture will present a broader conceptualization of ADHD across the lifespan and the role it plays in everyday life with this population, raising questions of its frequent placement as a secondary diagnosis. Dr. Pflieger will also discuss evaluation for ADHD and introduce some therapeutic strategies and resources for working with this population.

About the presenter: Dr. Pflieger is a neurodivergent practitioner who follows the social model of disability and is radically open about her neurodivergent identity and experience. She frames ADHD as less of a disorder and more of a dialectic and way of being. This lecture will present the beauty and diversity of ADHD, breaking from the traditional deficit model. Courtney Pflieger, Ph.D. NCSP, school psychology. Dr. Pflieger was a graduate student at the University of Utah and completed her internship training in public school settings with an emphasis on evidence-based interventions for children with disabilities. Dr. Pflieger now works with people of all ages, many with ADHD, and is continuing her postdoctoral training at UCEBT.

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A recent study published by Harvard University has uncovered a trend in ADHD overdiagnosis in schoolchildren and a potential reason why. The findings suggest that children who start school at an earlier age than their peers have a 30% higher risk of receiving an ADHD diagnosis simply due to behavioral immaturity. The article abstact can be accessed here.

This estimated rate of misdiagnosis is alarming as it implies that children are being treated for a disorder they don't have - with medication they don't need. Unfortunately, research on long-term effects of ADHD medications on the brain is limited and does not accurately predict the risk of continued use. Parents of children who have received an ADHD diagnosis or suspect their child may have the diagnosis are encouraged to seek an expert opinion and a complete assessment. With a thorough assessment, the proper course of treatment can be carefully and more accurately determined.

Utah Center for Evidence Based Treatment offers comprehensive psychoeducational evaluations with trained experts. Please visit our Assessment and Testing page for more information. 

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