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Online Course About ADHD

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By Dr. Marciene Mattleman

PHILADELPHIA (CBS) - Dr. Tony Rostain, a professor at the University of Pennsylvania, is teaching an online course on ADHD through Coursera. It’s free and open to the public, but prior experience with psychology or neuroscience is encouraged. Parents and teachers who work with kids will learn a lot. Dr. Rostain says, “All are welcome!”

Roughly 5-8% of school-aged children and 4% of adults suffer from ADHD, attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, a condition affecting the ability to control impulses, guide motor behavior, pay attention and stay on task.

The 12-week course covers diagnostic criteria; biological causes; learning disabilities, speech and language disorders; assessment; treatment; health and long term outcomes and more.

Students are expected to complete a critical article review, a case review, and a medication review in addition to taking quizzes – all online. There are no grades, but certificates of completion can be awarded.

Dr. Rostain will teach the course again; this time 40,000 people have signed up. Learn more at Coursera.org/course/adhd.