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Diagnosing and Treating ADHD and Comorbidity Conditions in Preschoolers

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Diagnosing and Treating ADHD and Comorbidity Conditions in Preschoolers

 Featuring: Dr. Vera Joffe, PhD

Vera Joffe, Ph.D., ABPP is Board Certified in Clinical Child and Adolescent Psychology. Licensed in FL and in NY. She is also Certified as a Therapist in PCIT (Parent Child Interaction Therapist).

Webinar Description

The presence of mental health disorders in preschool children, such as anxiety, depression, bipolar disorder and ADHD has been documented more frequently in the past 10 years (Luby, 2017). Although pediatricians usually screen children for symptoms of ADHD and autism, parents usually report that it is only one to two years after they have reported to their pediatricians that their children were having symptoms of anxiety that evaluation and treatment actually started.

This webinar will present a review of evidence of early diagnosis and treatment of childhood disorders. A review of instruments for diagnosis as well as empirically-based treatments for early age presentation of symptoms will be offered. The need to educate the public in general and other health care providers of the advantages of diagnosing and treating children early in life to help prevent more severe and impairing conditions from developing will be discussed.

Learning objectives

1. Describe early signs of ADHD and of other mental health disorders in young children

2. Present tools for early screening and assessment of ADHD in young children, including comorbid disorders.

3. Present empirically-based treatment protocols to treat young children with mental health disorders, such as anxiety, selective mutism, ADHD, oppositional defiance disorder, and mood disorders.

4. Discuss the importance of early screening, diagnosis, and empirically-based treatment for young children with ADHD and comorbid disorders.

5. Implications of later diagnosis and treatment will be discussed, such as the higher likelihood of more severity, chronicity, and the higher presence of comorbidity when children are diagnosed and treated later in life for mental health disorders.

Learning Level

Intermediate to Advanced

This webinar is eligible for CE.

Satisfactory Completion

Learners must complete an evaluation form to receive a certificate of completion. You must participate in the entire activity as partial credit is not available. If you are seeking continuing education credit for a specialty not listed below, it is your responsibility to contact your licensing/certification board to determine course eligibility for your licensing/certification requirement.


This course is co-sponsored by Amedco and Anxiety and Depression Association of American (ADAA). Amedco is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. Amedco maintains responsibility for this program and its content. 1.0 hours.

New York Board for Social Workers

Amedco SW CPE is recognized by the New York State Education Department’s State Board for Social Work as an approved provider of continuing education for licensed social workers #0115. 1.0 hours.


The Anxiety and Depression Association of American (ADAA) has been approved by NBCC as an Approved Continuing Education Provider, ACEP No. 6872. Programs that do not qualify for NBCC credit are clearly identified. ADAA is solely responsible for all aspects of the programs.


The CAMFT board accepts credits from providers approved by the American Psychological Association (APA).