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King's College London

Understanding ADHD: Current Research and Practice

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

What is attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD)? What are the symptoms of ADHD? How is ADHD diagnosed? Get answers with this course that features fundamental information about ADHD, as well as the latest ADHD research.

Through the course you will learn about ADHD as a developmental disorder, considering controversies related to the condition. You will learn about the diagnosis and best practice treatment of ADHD as you build your empathy towards people with ADHD. You will also learn practical strategies to help the educational and personal development of people with ADHD.

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.


  • Week 1
    • Getting started
    • Introducing ADHD
    • What do we mean by 'symptoms' and 'presentations'?
    • Voices of those with ADHD - recognising ADHD
    • Wrap up
  • Week 2
    • Welcome to week 2
    • ADHD and the family
    • Working with those affected by ADHD
    • ADHD and me
    • Voices of those with ADHD - living with ADHD
    • Wrap up
  • Week 3
    • Welcome to week 3
    • Risk factors for ADHD
    • The brain and ADHD
    • Diagnosis
    • Voices of those with ADHD - the process of diagnosis
    • Wrap up
  • Week 4
    • Welcome to Week 4
    • Medication
    • Non-pharmaceutical interventions
    • Classroom management
    • Voices of those with ADHD - treatment and management
    • Wrap up

Taught by

Mark Kennedy


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