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The following resources have been compiled for parents, carers and school staff who may be seeking further information about children and ADHD. A range of resources have been included but the list is not exhaustive. Since materials have been selected to represent differing perspectives, inclusion of a particular item on the list should not be taken as endorsement by KidsMatter.

General information

healthdirect contains links to a wide range of up-to-date and quality assessed information on important health topics. Attention Deficit Disorder information:

NSW Health
NSW Health provides detailed information on diagnosis and medical treatment for ADHD. See:

Dr Jim Chandler
This website has been developed by a Canadian-based psychiatrist and provides detailed information on ADHD in children and its management. See:

Information specifically for parents and carers

Children, Youth and Women’s Health Service provides information for parents and carers on a large variety of child health and development topics. For material on ADHD and links to additional resources see:

ABC Health and Wellbeing website provides useful information about ADHD, diagnosis and treatment, as well as links to other useful sites. See:

Books for parents and carers

Taking charge of ADHD: The complete, authoritative guide for parents (Revised Ed.) discusses causes and effective treatment strategies for ADHD. It suggests ways to improve children’s behaviour and school performance and enhance their self-esteem. By R. A. Barkley. (2005) Guilford Press.

ADHD: The facts is a book that explains the major characteristics of ADHD, outlines the range of available treatments and discusses how ADHD impacts on self-esteem and social skills. By M. Selikowitz. (2004). Oxford University Press.

ADHD: How to deal with very difficult children was written by an ex-principal. This book shows how to help children with ADHD develop self-control. By A. Train. (2004). Souvenir Press.

Rethinking ADHD: Integrated approaches to helping children at home and at school provides a thorough and balanced approach to the contributing factors, diagnosis and treatment of ADHD. Practical recommendations are also included. By R. Schmidt Neven, V. Anderson & T. Godber. (2002). Allen & Unwin

Information and resources for school staff

SA Department of Education and Children’s Services
Attention difficulties, poor impulse control, overactivity or ADHD (attention deficit/hyperactivity disorder) is a planning and support guide developed by the SA Department of Education and Children’s Services that is available from

ADD ADHD in School is a US-based website providing detailed information and advice for teachers. See
This US-based website provides information and detailed strategies for teachers of children with ADHD as well as some other mental health disorders and learning difficulties. See:

Daley, D. (2006). Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder: A review of the essential facts. Child: Care Health & Development, 32, 2, 193-204.

Overviews ADHD causes, developmental changes, and intervention options. Kos, J. M., Richdale, A. L. & Hay, D. A. (2006). Children with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder and their teachers: A review of the literature. International Journal of Disability, Development and Education, 53, 2, 147-160. Looks at what teachers know about ADHD and how they respond to children with ADHD.

Prosser, B. (November, 2006). Beyond deficit views: Engaging students with ADHD. Paper presented at the Australian Association for Research in Education Conference, 2006. Available online at: Considers problems associated with schools labelling children with ADHD and shows how teaching methods that engage rather than label children are most effective.

Purdie, N., Hattie, J., & Carroll, A. (2002). A review of research on interventions for attention deficit hyperactivity disorder: What works best? Review of Educational Research, 72, 1, 61-100. This article provides an overview of current knowledge about ADHD that analyses information about the effects of various treatments on both behaviour and school achievement.