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National Attention Deficit/Hyperactive Disorder (AD/HD) Awareness Week

DepEd Memorandum No. 109, s. 2015

Pursuant to Presidential Proclamation No. 472 dated September 18, 2003 entitled Declaring the Third Week of October Every Year as National Attention Deficit / Hyperactive Disorder (AD/HD) Awareness Week, the Department of Education (DepEd), through the Special Education (SPED) Division-Bureau of Elementary Education, will celebrate the National Attention Deficit/Hyperactive Disorder (AD/HD) Awareness Week with the theme AD/HD: A Major Hidden Disability (Alamin, Tanggapin at Mahalin) from October 18 to 24, 2015.

The weeklong celebration aims to raise awareness and understanding among the participants on AD/HD as a common serious neuro-biological disorder.

Public and private schools implementing programs for children with AD/HD, and SPED centers are enjoined to participate in the activities detailed in Enclosure No. 1, and are encouraged to spearhead the following activities in their respective jurisdiction:

  • Hanging of streamers
  • Conduct of Art Exhibit and Showcasing of Talents of Children with AD/HD;
  • Conduct of Scientific / Technical Congress on AD/HD with the following suggested topics:

i. Understanding the New AD/HD Classification DSM V and Its Implicaitons;
ii. Understanding the Diagnostic Process;
iii. Understanding the Role of Occupational and Speech Therapists and Behaviorists;
iv. The Role of Medication from Stimulants to Depressants;
v. Understanding the Role of Parents in Raising a Child with AD/HD;
vi. Understanding the Role of Teachers (Building Self-esteem or Breaking the Will);
vii. Understanding the Role of Siblings and Peers;
viii. Success Stories of Children with AD/HD;

  • Conduct of Seminar on Drug Abuse Prevention; and
  • Conduct of Seminars on AD/HD for professionals and general public.

All activities conducted for the celebration shall be in accordance with the DepEd Order No. 9, s. 2005 entitled Instituting Measures to Increase Engaged Time-on-Task and Ensuring Compliance Therewith.

All regional officials concerned shall submit a report on the activities conducted within 30 days after observance through email at sped_bee.deped@yahoo.com.

For more information, all concerned may contact the Special Education (SPED) Division-Bureau of Elementary Education, Department of Education (DepEd) Central Office, 2nd Floor, Bonifacio Building, DepEd Complex, Meralco Avenue, Pasig City at telephone no.: (02) 631-9993.

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