Tip of the Week

May 23, 2016

Comorbidity: Understand the *whole* child

The term “comorbidity” refers to the simultaneous presence of two “conditions” in a person. For students, this could mean that along with ADHD, the child may also struggle with anxiety, depression, early speech/communication, oppositional defiant disorder, or a learning disability. In fact, data reveals that 60%-80% of students with ADHD have other conditions affecting their learning. As you begin to examine and uncover what’s going on with your child, study the whole child and look for the complete picture. The more you know, the better you can do in identifying the correct supports to set your child up for success.