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Clinic Offers Help for People with Attention-Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder

012803clinic_dl.jpgBOONE–Families seeking help for attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder are invited to contact Appalachian State University’s Psychology Clinic located on campus.

ADHD is a common problem that affects a person’s social, academic and family functioning.

The new clinic specializes in comprehensive assessment of ADHD and related learning, behavioral, emotional, social and family problems. Clinical services are available for children and adults. The clinic also offers individual, group and family therapy for ADHD and related problems.

Beginning Feb. 18, a weekly skill development group for children ages 5-10 will be offered at 5:30 p.m. with a concurrent group for parents of ADHD children. Call (828) 262-6639 to register.

The clinic is sponsored by Appalachian’s Department of Psychology and directed by Dr. Hank Schneider.

“ADHD is one of the most common psychiatric problems, and as a result it’s frequently over diagnosed,” Schneider says. “Our clinic’s diagnostic testing helps determine if a person has ADHD through interviews with family and teachers, and measurements of intelligence, academic achievement and attention and concentration.”

A comprehensive evaluation involves about eight to 10 hours for a child and his or her parents. The clinic staff may also visit his or her school to observe behavior.

Once a comprehensive evaluation is complete, the clinic staff meets with the family to discuss findings and recommend treatment. The clinic cannot prescribe medication but does work with clients on medication. The clinic offers other treatment methods, such as workshops that focus on developing positive coping skills, and assists in finding appropriate treatment resources.

Many of the clinical services are provided by students in Appalachian’s school and clinical psychology programs. All have received training in assessment and treatment of ADHD.

Criteria for ADHD diagnosis include functional impairment in more than one setting, such as home or at school. Symptoms are inattention to detail, not listening, distracted by external stimuli, difficulty in organizing tasks and following through with them, hyperactivity such as fidgeting, high-level motor activity, excessive talking or problems staying quiet and interrupting others. These problems typically start before age 7 and are not explained by mood, anxiety or other disorders.

The Psychology Clinic is located at 413 Howard St. across from First Presbyterian Church. It is open Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Friday from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Evaluation services are provided on a fee for service basis, with a sliding scale. Medicaid is accepted.

For information or to schedule an appointment, call (828) 262-6639.


Picture Caption: Graduate student Erica Napier evaluates a client in Appalachian’s Psychology Clinic.