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ADHD vs RAD- Diagnostic Confusion between ADHD and Attachment Disorder and Determining the Correct Intervention

April 20, 2021 @ 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm EDT

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Children with attachment disorders often exhibit symptoms especially in school, that resemble ADHD. When a child is misdiagnosed with ADHD, the treatment and behavioral strategies often exacerbate the symptoms. Raising awareness of the similarities in symptoms of RAD and ADHD, can help ensure correct diagnosis and treatment.

In this course with Lorna Bosak, LCSW-R, you will learn about the overlap in symptoms of ADHD and Attachment Disorder and will learn how to distinguish the difference between the two diagnoses. Participants will learn how to avoid misdiagnosing and will learn effective ways to manage each of these diagnoses in the school, home and in therapy.

Course Outline

  1. Introduction of presenter
  2. ADHD Definition DSM-V
  3. Facts about ADHD and prevalence
  4. ADHD symptoms
  5. What is attachment theory?
  6. Attachment Disorder Definition
  7. Attachment Disorder symptoms
  8. Overlap of symptoms- chart
  9. Why Attachment Disorder is misdiagnosed and what that results in
  10. How ADHD is treated
    1. In school
    2. In home
    3. Medication
  11. What that does for child with Attachment Disorder
  12. How Attachment Disorder is treated
    1. In school
    2. In home
    3. medication
  13. Comparing clinical strategies
  14. How can we tell the difference?
    1. Early warning signs
    2. Risk factor assessment
    3. Educate school staff
    4. Educate foster care providers
  15. Comorbidity
  16. Resources
  17. Summary


  • $50 – Individuals



Lorna Bosak

Lorna Bosak, LCSW-R

Manager of Behavior Support Services

Mrs. Bosak is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker who has over 25 years of experience with children, adolescents, and their families.

She completed her Bachelor’s degree at Marist College and began her social work career as a caseworker in the foster care system. At that time, she realized the importance of offering mental health services to children so she earned her Master’s Degree in Social Work from Adelphi University.


April 20, 2021
5:00 pm - 7:00 pm EDT
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DaVinci Collaborative
(631) 928-4815
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Da Vinci Collaborative
550 N. Country Rd
St. James, NY 11780 United States
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(631) 928-4815
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