March 13-15, 2016 • San Diego, CA


3/14/2016  |   11:35 AM - 12:05 PM   |  Topical Session 1   |  Royal Palm 1/2   |  7 - Family Perspectives and Support

My Deaf Child has ADHD? The Importance of Teamwork for Success

Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder, or ADHD, defined by the National Institute of Mental Health is one of the most common childhood disorders. When children are born deaf, and later diagnosed with ADHD, it can impact their academic and social milestones, leading to feelings of negative self-esteem. I am a parent of a deaf child who also has ADHD and Oppositional Defiant Disorder (ODD). During this session, I will discuss the experience I had with parenting my child, and the work that I have done with our local school for the deaf, to develop better academic opportunities for my child. Very few resources exist for children who are both deaf and have ADHD. The teachers at my son’s school and I were able to work together to develop a program that works for him, and he continues to thrive every day. We take it day by day, and provide support. I will also provide different examples of supports we used to help my son get through his day, both at home and school. I will also discuss the difficult time we had maintaining eye contact for maximal communication. I hope this session encourages awareness of the need of research in ADHD and Early Intervention, especially with children who have hearing loss.

  • List medical and socio-cultural perspectives on ADHD and Deafness
  • List different ways they can advocate for the ADHD Child
  • Discuss different strategies they can use to help ADHD children become successful

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Patrick Graham (Primary Presenter), Western Oregon University, grahamp@wou.edu;
Patrick Graham is an Assistant Professor at Western Oregon University. His dissertation focuses on how Deaf educators use culturally relevant pedagogical strategies to encourage deaf preschool children become embodied members of the Deaf community while attending schools. His main interests lie in comparative and international education, multicultural and multilingual programs for young children and teacher preparation programs. Patrick received his Bachelor’s Degree in Multidisciplinary Studies, with concentrations in History, Psychology, and Deaf Studies, as well as his Masters Degree in Deaf Education from Rochester Institute of Technology. He currently holds certification in K-12 Deaf Education. Patrick previously taught kindergarten at a large urban school for the Deaf, and is passionate about social justice in Deaf Education.


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