APS provides a continuum of services to all students, including those students experiencing attentional concerns or those that have been diagnosed with Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD). ADHD is a complex condition that affects children, adolescents and adults and is characterized by problems with attention, impulsivity and hyperactivity. ADHD has broad implications in the lives of students and their families dealing with ADHD, including academic, social-emotional and behavioral concerns.
ADHD Task Force
The Department of Student Services organized a task force to review best practices and the Arlington Public Schools’ service delivery to students who experience (ADHD) or attentional concerns in general. The task force includes administrators, general and special education teachers, pupil services staff and parents. The committee reviews current practices, makes recommendations and provides staff development to assist teachers in supporting the educational needs of students who experience difficulty attending in the classroom. Parent education and support is also a focus of the task force. The Task Force created both a Mission Statement and a Strategic Plan, which continue to guide its work.
ADHD Mission Statement
Our mission is to improve the academic achievement and the social, emotional and behavioral functioning of all students with characteristics of ADHD in Arlington Public Schools.
The Department of Student Services continues to provide support for families dealing with ADHD or attentional concerns.
ADHD Parent Support Network Meetings:
The Special Education Parent Resource Center (PRC) coordinatesa parent support network, which meets bimonthly. Based on parent feedback, each session addresses topics of interest to families of children with ADHD, and provide an opportunity for parents to participate in discussions and share tips, ideas, questions, concerns and resources with other parents, staff, and guest speakers. Registration is requested. Register online through the Parent Resource Center at www.apsva.us/prc/events
. For additional information, please contact Kathleen Donovan at firstname.lastname@example.org
Dates for the 2015-16 ADHD Parent Support Network Meetings: www.apsva.us/prc/events
Syphax Education Center at Sequoia Plaza
2110 Washington Boulevard, Suite 107, Arlington, VA 22207
7:30 pm to 9:00 pm
ADHD Parent to Parent Training
APS also offers CHADD Parent to Parent training to parents at no cost. This is an intensive, seven week course that provides educational information and support for individuals and families dealing with ADHD and learning to navigate the challenges of ADHD across the lifespan.
Parents interested in receiving more information or registering for Parent to Parent training should contact the PRC. Registration is required and is online at www.apsva.us/prc/events
. For additional information, please contact Kathleen Donovan at:
Additional Resources for Parents