MORRIS – Parents of children diagnosed with attention deficit disorder (ADD) and attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) usually have concerns and considerations that go far beyond giving their children a pill with breakfast each morning.
To address these concerns, Dr. David Vermillion, of Morris Family Healthcare and Wellness, and his wife, Lynn Vermillion, have organized a presentation for parents and others in the community who want to learn more about ADD and ADHD. It will be at 6 p.m. April 27 at the Morris Area Public Library.
Dr. Vermillion will speak on medications, Lynn will speak from a parent’s point of view, a representative from Riverside Behavioral Health in Coal City will talk about the neuropsychiatric evaluation that aids in diagnosis, and a Morris School District 54 social worker will speak about school-related issues.
According to the Attention Deficit Disorder Association, ADHD is a genetic syndrome of the brain that affects a person’s attention, concentration, memory, motivation and effort, organizational abilities, social skills and ability to learn from mistakes, and can cause impulsivity and hyperactivity.
The term ADD sometimes is used when the only symptom is difficulty with attention span.
Lynn said the idea for the presentation came to her as she experienced the difficulties of raising a child with ADD.
“It was born out of my frustration,” she said, “and I wanted moms to reach out and help each other. ... Each of us keeps reinventing the wheel, and it shouldn’t be that way.”
Lynn said her family spent hundreds of dollars buying extra school textbooks online to keep at home when their daughter forgot to bring them home from school, only to learn later that schools have extra sets of books for just that reason.
Being able to talk to other parents who were going through the same thing, she said, would have made a huge difference. She hopes to begin a local support group in the future.
Having ADD or ADHD is nothing to be embarrassed about, either, she said. It’s just like anything else your body goes through.
“You should not be ashamed or embarrassed that one person in the family thinks differently than a lot of society,” she said.
Dr. Vermillion added that those who have the disorder are just as intelligent as any other person. There are people with ADD who are geniuses, he said.
Vermillion said the presentation will address medications, myths, the basics of treatment, how parents and the schools can help and what resources are available locally. Riverside Behavioral Health, he said, has the nearest neuropsychiatric evaluation program that aids in diagnosing the condition.
This is a learning disability, Vermillion added, like any other disability, and children who have it may need more time on tests and assignments, different placements in classrooms, and other considerations.
Morris Family Healthcare and Wellness will be giving other presentations on Type 2 diabetes in the near future. For information, call the office at 815-513-5625 or visit www.morrisfamilyhealthcareandwellness.com.
If you go:
Free presentation, open to the community
Thursday, April 27, 6 p.m.
Morris Area Public Library
604 Liberty Street, Morris
RSVP by Monday, April 24, at (815) 935-9359