Children and Adults with ADHD (CHADD)
Part 1: Challenges in ADHD Care for Children of Color

Part 1: Challenges in ADHD Care for Children of Color

January 29, 2021

Summary:  

African Americans face many barriers in getting a proper ADHD evaluation, diagnosis, and treatment. Practitioners need to be mindful of the historical mistreatment of African Americans by the medical community in order to better serve these patients. Dr. Roberto Olivardia, a clinical psychologist and a lecturer in the department of psychiatry at Harvard Medical School, describes specific barriers that African Americans face and how they are often misdiagnosed with behavioral problems or overdiagnosed without proper assessment. Dr. Olivardia talks about empowering African-American parents and families so they can advocate for their children, especially when facing a culturally insensitive school system or medical clinician. Additionally, he exhorts practitioners to understand the cultural context of where people of color are coming from and to help increase awareness of ADHD in the African-American community.

 

Roberto Olivardia, PhD

Dr. Roberto Olivardia is a clinical psychologist and lecturer in the department of psychiatry at Harvard Medical School. He maintains a private psychotherapy practice in Lexington, Massachusetts, where he specializes in the treatment of ADHD, executive functioning issues, and students with learning differences. He also specializes in the treatment of body dysmorphic disorder, obsessive-compulsive disorder, and eating disorders in boys and men. He currently serves on the professional advisory boards for CHADD, ADDA, and the National Association for Males with Eating Disorders.

 

Learning Objectives:  

  1. Learn the barriers to evaluation and treatment that exist in healthcare and the school system for African-American children.
  2. Understand the challenges for individuals who are not accurately diagnosed or treated.
  3. Learn the factors that can increase disparities in diagnosis and treatment of ADHD.
  4. Understand how African-American parents can advocate for their children with ADHD when dealing with a culturally insensitive school or medical clinician.
Part 2: Challenges in ADHD Care for Children of Color

Part 2: Challenges in ADHD Care for Children of Color

January 29, 2021

Summary

Children of color with ADHD often experience challenges and barriers to receiving mental health care. It is important for educators and healthcare professionals to be transcultural when providing care, and for parents to know how to advocate for their child. Stigma continues to exist in the conversation regarding mental health and ADHD. Dr. Roberto Olivardia discusses the barriers to mental health care in the Black community and offers ways in which mental health professionals and educators can provide services for different cultures. He also provides information for parents on how to help their children face these challenges.

 

Roberto Olivardia, PhD

Dr. Roberto Olivardia is a clinical psychologist and lecturer in the department of psychiatry at Harvard Medical School. He maintains a private psychotherapy practice in Lexington, Massachusetts, where he specializes in the treatment of ADHD, executive functioning issues, and students with learning differences. He also specializes in the treatment of body dysmorphic disorder, obsessive-compulsive disorder, and eating disorders in boys and men. He currently serves on the professional advisory boards for CHADD, ADDA, and the National Association for Males with Eating Disorders.

Objectives:

  • Learn about the barriers to treatment for children of color with ADHD.
  • Learn how professionals can develop cultural awareness.
  • Gain skills on how to change the conversation about mental health and people of color.
  • Learn how parents of color can advocate for their child.
  • Identify how treatment can be provided equitably throughout different communities.

 

Is it ADHD? Disparities in ADHD Care of Black Children

Is it ADHD? Disparities in ADHD Care of Black Children

January 29, 2021

Summary

The diagnosis and treatment of children with ADHD in the African American community can be affected by stigma and cultural challenges. African American and Black parents often struggle when seeking help for their child. Dr. Nekeshia Hammond discusses how ADHD symptoms affect daily functioning, how ADHD is perceived within different communities, why African Americans may not be receiving the recommended treatments, and the challenges that can cause ADHD-like symptoms and lead to incomplete treatment. She provides information on how parents can make sure their child receives proper care and how professionals can work together to provide more culturally competent care.

 

Nekeshia Hammond, PsyD

Nekeshia Hammond, PsyD, is the founder and owner of Hammond Psychology and Associates, PA. She is an author, speaker, and authority -on child psychology, with a specific mission to support parents of children coping with ADHD.

 

Objectives:

  1. Learn about ADHD symptoms and how they affect daily functioning.
  2. Identify barriers to receiving diagnosis and treatment within the African American community.
  3. Learn about the challenges that can cause ADHD-like symptoms.
  4. Gain suggestions on what parents can do to make sure their child is receiving proper care.
  5. Learn how professionals and the community can work together to develop cultural competence.

 

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