There is a growing financial concept, internationally, among families who care for a child with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity disorder (ADHD). Known as Disability Living Allowance (DLA), families of children with ADHD, outside of the United States, are qualifying for this financial disability allowance to aid in the care of their family, specifically the child who is affected.
For children who suffer from Attention Deficit Hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), symptoms of inattention and impulsivity often compound the effects of hyperactivity. The end result is a child who may make poor decisions, damaging property or causing bodily harm to others.
For parents, the key to overcoming their child’s complications associated with ADHD lies in the early detection and treatment of the condition, including the use of prescription medications and psychotherapy. In addition to these resources, parents must also focus on finding other activities in which to engage the ADHD so as to improve self esteem, self confidence and distract from unruly behavior.
The costs associated with caring for an ADHD child adequately can be overwhelming. Internationally, families are applying for, and using, a financial welfare type of program known as the Disability Living Allowance. Designed to provide a financial allowance to families as a way to promote added supervision, acquire medications and therapy, promote social skill programs and even repair or replace the items or bodily harm damage, the Disability Living Allowance has been quite effective at assisting families with the ability to capture some control over the complication in their child.
In the United States, millions of adults and children are uninsured. In addition, to the uninsured, we have millions of individuals who suffer from untreated mental health disorders who, unfortunately, move into adulthood often unable to hold gainful employment, establish solid social networks and may even become involved in illegal activities. With the ability to obtain disability benefits for treating a confirmed case of ADHD, many clinicians agree we may be able to decrease the long term ramifications of ADHD in the United States.
Very few families in the United States apply for disability benefits for their children and even fewer apply for those benefits when a child is diagnosed with ADHD. Because of the time consuming nature of the paperwork involved with disability, coupled with the increasingly common denial of benefits initially, many families opt to find other options for managing their child’s ADHD, often relying upon extended family members for added supervision.
As one of the most widely studied childhood disorders, ADHD continues to be a leading concern among educators, healthcare professionals and parents. Creating a platform on which families can apply for specific ADHD benefits, termed Disability Living Allowance, as a society we may be able to provide a specific service to these families and improve the overall long term outcomes in violence, social networks and employment.