Tahlequah Daily Press

Local News

October 1, 2013

Help available for kids with ADHD

TAHLEQUAH — Parenting a child with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder can be challenging, but there are local options for diagnosis, treatment and accommodation of those who have symptoms.

Characterized by difficulties with mental focus accompanied by energetic and often inappropriate behavior, ADHD is a medically recognized psychiatric disorder which most commonly affects children.

Locally, Cherokee Nation Behavioral Health can assist with diagnosis of ADHD and treatment options, and a child development specialist is on staff at W.W. Hastings Hospital. Calming Connections at 1140 Mayberry Drive offers treatment of ADHD cases.

“Our services are definitely comprehensive,” said Dr. Laurna Champ, clinical director at Calming Connections. “We provide a standardized, computerized, validated test for ADHD which can diagnose in those as young as age 4-and-a-half. We have a psychiatrist. Our therapeutic and medical services are carefully coordinated - the therapist and the MD can let each other know about changes or concerns. If a patient is taking medication prescribed by their own doctor, we send regular reports.”

Tahlequah Public Schools also accepts diagnoses of ADHD and can make arrangements for afflicted students. When dealing with a student with ADHD, TPS policy is to keep the child in a normal classroom setting.

“We try to accommodate them in the classroom as much as possible,” said Dana Payne, counselor at Cherokee Elementary School. “We use structured classroom management and parent education - keeping the parent informed and communication open.”

Some considerations can be made for students that exhibit moderate symptoms of ADHD.

“An example might be allowing them to have preferential eating,” Payne said. “We may assign an area where they can stand while they eat, because it may be difficult for them to sit for long periods of time.”

In severe cases of the disorder, TPS might place a student in a special needs classroom, though ADHD is not considered a special need.

“There are 14 different categories in which we can place a child in an (independent education program),” said Nancy Jones, special services director for TPS. “ADHD might be covered under other health impairments if the disorder is substantially affecting their educational development. But ADHD in itself does not qualify a student for special services.”

Jones said ADHD students can more easily qualify for accommodation under Section 504 of the federal Rehabilitation Act of 1973.

“It is a program that helps kids when they are not eligible for an IEP,” she said.

“The services allow considerations for students, such as more time on assignments and more frequent breaks. These are provided with the existing budget. There is no additional funding.”

Payne said parents can make the biggest impact when mitigating the symptoms of ADHD.

“They can just continue to try to stay with a routine, providing a lot of structure and consistency,” she said. “Exercise can also be a good treatment. They can join an extracurricular activity outside school and release some of that energy.”

Jones said it is important that parents of a child diagnosed with ADHD contact the school counselor.

“There are a number of things we can do as a school system to help,” she said. “It is also important that the teachers know the child has the disorder.”

srowley@tahlequahdailypress.com

1
Text Only
Local News
  • ts-marching-MAIN.jpg Marching in step

    Tahlequah High School Orange Express Marching Band kicks off 2014 season with summer drills.

    The Tahlequah High School Orange Express Marching Band has added 30-35 freshmen to its roster this year, and drills began for the newest members last Thursday.

    July 29, 2014 2 Photos

  • studie-roberta.jpg Woman accused of stealing cash, taking it to casino

    A 35-year-old Tahlequah woman is free on bond after she allegedly took $1,200 from a man who had been jailed for old warrants.
    Cherokee County sheriff’s deputies said they spoke with Jason Jones last week after Jones was arrested by park rangers for the outstanding warrants. Jones said he came to Oklahoma to see family, and when he was arrested, he left his wallet and cash with one of his daughters.

    July 29, 2014 1 Photo

  • svw-Hepatitis.jpg Hepatitis vaccinations important today

    The phrase “back to school” may be disdained by kids for many reasons, including a trip to the doctor’s office to update immunizations.
    But hepatitis cases in Oklahoma provide a good example of why these vaccinations are important.
    “There was a time when Hepatitis A was just crazy in Oklahoma. The state was actually known for it,” said Becky Coffman, an epidemiologist with the Oklahoma Health Department’s Acute Disease Service.

    July 29, 2014 1 Photo

  • hood-raymond.jpg One man caught, another sought after foot chase

    Two people tried to escape sheriff’s deputies, and one was successful, after a traffic stop on U.S. Highway 62 last weekend.
    Deputy Bryan Qualls was on the highway when he noticed a red Chevrolet Avalanche matching the description of a truck that had been spotted at the scene of a recent burglary.

    July 29, 2014 1 Photo

  • Detectives investigate deaths of two elderly residents

    Incident may be murder-suicide

    Tahlequah police detectives believe the deaths of two elderly Cherokee County residents are part of a murder-suicide that took place July 24-25.

    July 29, 2014

  • ts-Tax-free-main.jpg Shopper's delight

    Tax-free weekend coming up Aug. 1-3, just in time for back-to-school savings

    Attention, shoppers: Oklahoma’s Tax-Free Weekend is coming up, beginning at 12:01 a.m., Friday, Aug. 1.

    July 28, 2014 2 Photos

  • ballard-amanda.jpg Woman pleads no contest to molestation

    A Tahlequah woman accused of having more than 20 sexual encounters with a 13-year-old boy has pleaded no contest in exchange for a 15-year prison sentence, though 10 years have been suspended.

    July 28, 2014 1 Photo

  • svw-arch-society.jpg Archaeologist: Spiro Mounds may have been ancient music haven

    People gathered from across the country at the “center of the universe,” bringing with them different styles of music and instruments, each thought to have its own power and importance.
    This could be the description of a modern music festival, but to Jim Rees, it is a picture of the Spiro Mounds 1,000 years before Columbus came to the Americas.

    July 28, 2014 1 Photo

  • Two headed for trial for conspiracy to kill judge and others

    Two of the four people accused of conspiring to kill a Cherokee County judge and several other targets were bound over for trial Friday following a preliminary hearing in Tahlequah.

    July 28, 2014

  • Woman accused in embezzlement sought for arrest

    Court officials have issued a bench warrant for a woman who previously pleaded to embezzling more than $40,000 while she worked for Tahlequah attorney Park Medearis.

    July 28, 2014

Poll

Do you believe school administrators and college presidents in Oklahoma are paid too much?

Strongly agree.
Somewhat agree.
Somewhat disagree.
Strongly disagree.
Undecided.
     View Results
Tahlequah Daily Press Twitter
Follow us on twitter
AP Video
US Ready to Slap New Sanctions on Russia Kerry: Not Worried About Israeli Criticism Boater Rescued From Edge of Kentucky Dam Girl Struck by Plane on Florida Beach Dies Rodents Rampant in Gardens Around Louvre House to Vote on Slimmed-down Bill for Border Looming Demand Could Undercut Flight Safety Raw: 2 Shells Hit Fuel Tank at Gaza Power Plant Raw: Massive Explosions From Airstrikes in Gaza Giant Ketchup Bottle Water Tower Up for Sale Easier Nuclear Construction Promises Fall Short Kerry: Humanitarian Cease-fire Efforts Continue Raw: Corruption Trial Begins for Former Va Gov. The Carbon Trap: US Exports Global Warming Traditional African Dishes Teach Healthy Eating
Stocks