ADHD is diagnosed with a series of diagnostic tests, beginning with physical and mental examinations by a pediatrician, followed by a psychiatric evaluation and a meeting with a social worker or special needs teacher who has experience with ADHD. After a diagnosis has been received, the child can get help in the areas that he needs. Once, it was thought that all children with ADHD could benefit from drugs such as Ritalin, to help concentration. Today, while it is universally accepted that these types of drugs can and do help many ADHD sufferers, it is acknowledged that not every child needs to take drugs. Many can succeed just as well with therapy and remedial teaching. Working with therapists and tutors is most effective if it occurs for a few hours a week, and if the therapy is coordinated with the regular class teacher. Therapy and extra tutoring can be very expensive, costing hundreds of dollars a month per child. As well as working on strategies and skills to use in the classroom, many of these children have poor self-esteem as a result of constant failure in school and often have social difficulties as well, thus they need other therapies to overcome these challenges. Project Chazak Beni – Be Strong, My Son- Rabbi Yechezkel Shraga Rosenbaum of Kiryat Gat has been active in special education for many years and is known for his fatherly approach. For 15 years, he has been helping tens of boys and their families every week to cope with ADHD and other learning difficulties, including recommending specialists, therapists and teachers, and financial aid. In August 2015, he decided to found Chazak Beni (which is translated as Be Strong, My Son!), so that more boys with ADHD and other learning disabilities can receive the help that they need in an organized, professional way. Now, parents and children have an address to contact for guidance, for help finding professionals and for support, financial and emotional, throughout the process. Our hotline receives dozens of calls each week from parents and boys who are unsure how to get a diagnosis, what to do when they have a diagnosis of ADHD, and how to find therapists, teachers, or financial aid. With the centralization of this process and increased funding, we hope to be able to help as many boys as possible to find the help that they need to succeed with ADHD. At the moment, we operate in Kiryat Gat. We would like to open other branches of Chazak Beni in other towns in Israel.
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