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Treatments include medication, various types of psychotherapy, education or training, or a combination of treatments.Much like children with the disorder, adults with ADHD are treated with medication, psychotherapy, or a combination of treatments (NIMH, 2009). For more information about how to determine whether a person has a disability under the ADA, visit JAN.org/corner/vol05iss04
Accommodations should be made on a case by case basis, considering each employee’s individual limitations and accommodation needs.
Social Skills: Individuals with AD/HD may have limitations in adaptive skills, such as communicating with others, or exhibiting appropriate social skills.
This might manifest itself as interrupting others when working or talking, demonstrating poor listening skills, not making eye contact when communicating, or inability to correctly read body language or understand innuendo.
Employers are encouraged to contact JAN to discuss specific situations in more detail.
For information on assistive technology and other accommodation ideas, visit JAN's Searchable Online Accommodation Resource (SOAR) at JAN.org/soar.
The employer created electronic forms for the employee, which allowed him to type responses.
The employer arranged computer files labeled by month to help the employee prioritize open cases.
The employer added an environmental sound machine to mask office noise.
A social worker with AD/HD had difficulty completing handwritten paperwork in a neat and timely fashion.
Be aware that not all people with AD/HD will need accommodations to perform their jobs and many others may only need a few accommodations.
The following is only a sample of the possibilities available. Time Management: Individuals with AD/HD may experience difficulty managing time, which can affect their ability to mark time as it passes incrementally by minutes and hours.
Hyperactivity/Impulsivity: Individuals with AD/HD Hyperactivity-Impulsive type may exhibit over-activity or impulsive behavior.