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Even school children affected by AD/HD too

by T. Villavert

Iloilo City (5 September) -- At least 5 to 7 percent of school-aged children are affected by Attention Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder or AD/HD.

According to Ms. Editha R. Martelino, president of the AD/HD Society of the Philippines, AD/HD is a developmental disorder characterized by age-inappropriate impulsivity, inattention, and hyperactivity.

These children, Martelino said, are mostly undiagnosed and may be experiencing difficulties and at times, serious problems, in their school and home environments.

Along with this concern, the AD/HD Society of the Philippines has been conducting seminars, training workshops in order to help increase the level of awareness of the public on AD/HD early detection and treatment.

Martelino, in her invitation to various groups in Iloilo City said that Dr. Harlan Gephart, an AD/HD expert will address the First AD/HD Regional Conference on October 13, 2007 at the Cebu Normal University convention Hall, Osmena Boulevard, Cebu City.

For inquiries, interested parties may contact Telephone Nos. (02) 426-8568;Telefax: (02) 927-3463.

With its theme "The AD/HD Care Team: Rising to the Challenge," the activity is a joint project of the AD/HD Society of the Philippines and Cebu Normal University.

The topics of the activity include: Diagnosis and latest Medical Breakthroughs on AD/HD and Emotional and Learning Problems of AD/HD Individuals by Dr. Harlan Gephart; Emotional and Psychological Issues of Children with AD/HD by Dr. Leticia Penano-Ho, PhD; and Educational Interventions and Adaptations by Josephine V. Nepomuceno. The other part of the program is Panel Discussion: Multimodal Treatment for Children with AD/HD. (PIA) [top]

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