Saturday, August 25, 2012

Back to School with ADHD Apps

It is no surprise that as children and teens head back to school this fall, ADHD is very much apart of many American family life. The statistics for ADHD (attention deficit hyperactive disorder) in the U.S. were updated last December (2011) by the CDC (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention).

Here are just some of the statistics collected and provided by the CDC from parent surveys:

• Parents report that approximately 9.5% or 5.4 million children 4-17 years of age have ever been diagnosed with ADHD, as of 2007.

• The percentage of children with a parent-reported ADHD diagnosis increased by 22% between 2003 and 2007.

Rates of ADHD diagnosis increased an average of 3% per year from 1997 to 2006 and an average of 5.5% per year from 2003 to 2007.

Boys (13.2%) were more likely than girls (5.6%) to have ever been diagnosed with ADHD.

• Rates of ADHD diagnosis increased at a greater rate among older teens as compared to younger children.

• The highest rates of parent-reported ADHD diagnosis were noted among children covered by Medicaid and multi-racial children.

• Prevalence of parent-reported ADHD diagnosis varied substantially by state, from a low of 5.6% in Nevada to a high of 15.6% in North Carolina.

(From Data & Statistics in the United States, December 2011:

So it is obvious that as this new school year begins, ADHD is a condition that more and more U.S. families are facing. What can parents and teachers do to help students manage this disorder so that academic success is possible for them?

We have just compiled a new list of ADHD apps that should especially help families with ADHD management this school year. We hope our readers will take a look at them and decide which ones might work best for their children, their students or perhaps even for themselves.

Apps for Families Living with ADD/ADHD

The Social Navigator by Lorraine Millan---Social skills guide and brain trainer app

iHomework by Paul Pilone---Homework tracker

iStudiez Pro by iStudiez Team---Convenient study planning tool

Routines by Coopla---Chores and daily living planner

Home Routines by Wunderbear---Create checklists and reminders

ReQall from reQall, Inc.---Record your reminders by voice and see them in text

IEP Checklist ---IEP Checklist for parents and educators

Sources and References:

Apps for Families Living with ADD/ADHD (from The Social Navigator)

CDC---Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

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