The first step after receiving a diagnosis of ADHD or suspecting AHD, is to educate yourself on what is ADHD and what it looks like on me or my loved one. There are so many websites, podcasts and books that offer a wealth of insight, strategies and tools about living with ADHD and getting organized.
A few of my favorites are:
Driven to Distraction and Distraction 2.0 by Dr. Edward Hallowell and Dr. John Ratey
Square Peg by Tod Rose
Organizing the Disorganized Child, by Martin Kutscher & Marcella Moran
ADD-Friendly Ways to Organize Your Life, by Judith Kolberg & Kathleen G. Nadeau
Why will No One Play With Me?, by Caroline Maguire
(a book about social skills for people of all ages
How To Do it Now Because It's Not Going Away by Leslie Josel (for HS & College students)
Winning with ADHD by Grace Friedman & Sarah Cheyette (for HS & College students)
US Department of Education Resource Guide for Students with ADHD and Section 504. A must read for all parents.
My latest podcast favorite:
Dr. Jeffrey Katz talks about comorbid learning disabilities, the difference between a Section 504 plan and an Individualized Education Program (IEP) plan, and the different roles that a child’s healthcare team, school, educators, and parents play in implementing them.