1426 N Quincy St
Arlington, VA 22207
Sunday, May 29, 2016

ADHD Services

ADHD Services

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.

ADHD Strategic Plan Click Here


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 kathleen.donovan@apsva.us or (703)228-2135.

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:
kathleen.donovan@apsva.us or (703)228-2135.

Additional Resources for Parents

APS Links
Office of Student Services  Click Here 
Office of Special Education  Click Here 
Parent Resource Center  Click Here 
Parent Resource Center Brochures Click Here
Intervention Assistance Teams Click Here
Section 504 Click Here
Website Links
Children and Adults with Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (CHADD) http://www.chadd.org

Identifying and Treating Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder: A Resource for School and Home: http://http://www2.ed.gov/rschstat/research/pubs/adhd/adhd-identifying-2008.pdf

National Resource Center for AD/HD:  http://www.help4adhd.org/


Teaching Children with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder: Instructional Strategies and Practices:  http://http://www2.ed.gov/rschstat/research/pubs/adhd/adhd-teaching-2008.pdf

ADHD at School:  Teacher Resources and Tips:  http://www.additudemag.com/topic/adhd-learning-disabilities/adhd-teachers.html

The following four articles are excerpts from CHADD's Educator's Manual on Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (AD/HD): An In-Depth Look from an Educational Perspective, Copyright 2006, and are reproduced with CHADD's permission for educational purposes only:

Impact of ADHD on Elementary Students

Impact of ADHD on Middle and High School Students

Specific Instructional Strategies for Common Learning Problems

Effective Behavioral Strategies for Middle and High School Students




Last Modified on September 17, 2015