HIBBING — Have you ever wondered what attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) really is, how it is diagnosed or how it is addressed in a school setting?

Or maybe you or a loved one has been diagnosed with ADHD and want to know how to manage it at home.

Bryan Ridgeway, Hibbing Public School District school psychologist, and Jan Krebsbach, clinical supervisor for school based services for Range Mental Health Center (RMHC), will be giving a presentation titled “An Overview of Attention Deficit Disorder.”

The Pediatric Speaker Night presentation is set for 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, March 28, in Greenhaven Elementary School Cafeteria. It is sponsored by Fairview and Essentia Health and is in cooperation with St. Louis County Public Health and Hibbing Early Childhood Family Education.

“It’s sometimes confusing how the clinical approach to working with students is different from the educational approach,” Ridgeway explained. “There is both clinical criteria for diagnosing ADHD, as well as special education criteria for determining if students qualify for additional school services.”

The presentation is designed to give attendees a better understanding of how different entities collaborate to work with children who have ADHD.

“By attending the presentation you should leave with an understanding of how area mental health services are working hand-in-hand with schools to help address the needs of at-risk children,” Ridgeway said.

Presenters will specifically talk about how the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM-5) is used to diagnose ADHD, and the intervention process schools use to address student behavioral and academic needs, Ridgeway explained.

Those who attend will also be provided with information on services and procedures used to address the needs of these students.

“I hope attendees will leave with a better understanding of this disorder and resources available to identify and support children/parents who are impacted by this,” Krebsbach said.

The event is free and open to the public. Register to attend and reserve childcare for children 0-8 years of age at Hibbing Early Childhood by calling 218-208-0853, Ext. 1.


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