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A NEATS Analysis of Childhood ADHD

Jane F. Gilgun, Ph.D., LICSW

Copyright 2010 Jane Gilgun

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Children with ADHD require special care. This article describes ADHD, illustrates main points with case examples, and provides guidelines for parents and professionals. The article covers neurobiology, executive function, attachment, trauma, and self-regulation (NEATS).

About the Author

Jane F. Gilgun, Ph.D., LICSW, is a professor, School of Social Work, University of Minnesota, Twin Cities, USA. She has taught and researched child development for many years. See Professor Gilgun’s books, children’s books, and other articles that are available at on-line booksellers.

A NEATS Analysis of Childhood ADHD

Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) affects up to five percent of all children in the United States. The gender ratio is about five boys to every girl. The origins of ADHD are not known definitively, but genetics may be factors for a large percentage of children with ADHD. Environmental factors such as maternal smoking and stress during pregnancy could also contribute to ADHD.

There are child and adult forms of ADHD. Typically, children with childhood ADHD contend with ADHD their entire lives, although the symptoms may modify over time. This discussion focuses on childhood ADHD. Characterized by difficulties with attention, control of activity levels, and impulse control, ADHD is a neurological condition that can be understood and responded to through an analysis that covers neurobiology, executive function, attachment, trauma, and self-regulation (NEATS).

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