ERC   Educational Resources & Cahaba School

Debbie Minor, M.Ed.Director

Shanan Barthold, BA, Assistant Director

Edwina Cameron, MS, Counselor

Lynn Timmerman, Ed.S, LPC, Psychomotrist


3821 Lorna Road, Suite 118 & 120

Hoover, AL 35244





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What is ADHD

Sample Checklist

Peer Relationships

ADHD & Risk of Injuries

ADHD & Other Conditions

Health Perspective

ADHD Research Agenda

National Institute of Mental Health Alabama State Department of Education

Alabama State Resources - Literacy and Learning Disabilities

CH.A.D.D. (Children and Adults with Attention Deficit Disorder) 

Special Education Action Committee Inc. (SEAC)
Birmingham, Alabama 205-941-0313

The Alabama Disabilities Advocacy Program (ADAP)
The University of Alabama, Box 870395
Tuscaloosa, Al. 35487

Attention Deficit Disorder with or without learning disabilities

Learning Disabilities OnLine:  LD In-Depth: 

ADD Action Group

Orton Dyslexia Society

Attention Deficit Disorder Association - ADDA

ADD/ADHD Links Page


Characteristics of Attention Deficit Disorder

The Diagnostic & Statistical Manual for Mental Disorders (DSM-IV-TR) provides criteria for diagnosing ADHD. The criteria are listed here for information purposes and should be used only by trained health care providers to diagnose or treat ADHD.

DSM-IV Criteria for ADHD
I. Either A or B:

  1. Six or more of the following symptoms of inattention have been present for at least 6 months to a point that is disruptive and inappropriate for developmental level:


  1. Often does not give close attention to details or makes careless mistakes in schoolwork, work, or other activities.

  2. Often has trouble keeping attention on tasks or play activities.

  3. Often does not seem to listen when spoken to directly.

  4. Often does not follow instructions and fails to finish schoolwork, chores, or duties in the workplace (not due to oppositional behavior or failure to understand instructions).

  5. Often has trouble organizing activities.

  6. Often avoids, dislikes, or doesn't want to do things that take a lot of mental effort for a long period of time (such as schoolwork or homework).

  7. Often loses things needed for tasks and activities (e.g. toys, school assignments, pencils, books, or tools).

  8. Is often easily distracted.

  9. Is often forgetful in daily activities.

  1. Six or more of the following symptoms of hyperactivity-impulsivity have been present for at least 6 months to an extent that is disruptive and inappropriate for developmental level:


  1. Often fidgets with hands or feet or squirms in seat.

  2. Often gets up from seat when remaining in seat is expected.

  3. Often runs about or climbs when and where it is not appropriate (adolescents or adults may feel very restless).

  4. Often has trouble playing or enjoying leisure activities quietly.

  5. Is often "on the go" or often acts as if "driven by a motor".

  6. Often talks excessively.


  1. Often blurts out answers before questions have been finished.

  2. Often has trouble waiting one's turn.

  3. Often interrupts or intrudes on others (e.g., butts into conversations or games).

  1. Some symptoms that cause impairment were present before age 7 years.

  2. Some impairment from the symptoms is present in two or more settings (e.g. at school/work and at home).

  3. There must be clear evidence of significant impairment in social, school, or work functioning.

  4. The symptoms do not happen only during the course of a Pervasive Developmental Disorder, Schizophrenia, or other Psychotic Disorder. The symptoms are not better accounted for by another mental disorder (e.g. Mood Disorder, Anxiety Disorder, Dissociative Disorder, or a Personality Disorder).

Based on these criteria, three types of ADHD are identified:

  1. ADHD, Combined Type: if both criteria 1A and 1B are met for the past 6 months

  2. ADHD, Predominantly Inattentive Type: if criterion 1A is met but criterion 1B is not met for the past six months 

  3. ADHD, Predominantly Hyperactive-Impulsive Type: if Criterion 1B is met but Criterion 1A is not met for the past six months.

American Psychiatric Association: Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, Fourth Edition, Text Revision. Washington, DC, American Psychiatric Association, 2000.



ADD SUPPORT is a Birmingham, Alabama area non-profit organization that  provides support, information and resources for parents, family, and educators who have children or work with children with attention deficit disorder.


GOALS: to provide support and education by  workshops, informational links, referrals, emails and phone consultations. 


If you have questions, need information or referrals for schools, psychologists, psychiatrists, testing or programs in the Birmingham area, please free free to call or email (205-989-8333/
LOCATION: Educational Resources,  Chase Commerce Park,  3831 Lorna Road, Suite 120, (one block from the Galleria, behind Sam's Club) Hoover, AL 35244       
COST: Free  



     Individual Instruction 

     Flexible Schedule


     6 hour mini course  $240

     12 hour review $480

     24 Full Course with guaranteed results $600 








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Contact: Lynn Timmerman EdS

Licensed Professional Counselor

Licensed Psychometrist or  989-8333




Special Testing

If your child currently receives accommodations in school due to a professionally diagnosed and documented disability including attention deficit disorder, you may provide documentation to support a request for special  testing with accommodations on the ACT.


Testing is done monthly October through June under strict supervision and guidelines. Documentation must come from student's school and/or doctor. All evaluations must be current (within 3 years).


 Accommodations include testing with extended time, individual or small group, and testing over multiple days.


Non-National Testing Option: Special Testing with Extended Time & Alternate Formats Available (at specially arranged times not as part of national testing). 


Registration Form: Request for ACT Special Testing (6 pages, 66KB). 


Instructions for ACT Special Testing at ERC

Contact Debbie Minor or Shanan Barthold by phone 989-8333 or email at