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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Health, Human Services, Mental Health, Mental Health Associations, Personal Social Services, Specifically Named Diseases

Mission: ADDA-SR is a non-profit organization. Their mission is to: * Provide a resource network * To support individuals impacted by attention deficit disorders and related conditions * To advocate for the development of community resources and services that meet the education, social, and health care needs of all individuals with ADD/ADHD * To keep the public informed on the disorder through the media, an association newsletter, referral service, monthly chapter meetings, education programs, parent and adult services, as well as conferences and workshops.

Results: Continuous events educating parents, educators and health care providers. Along with our workshops and our annual conference, we have added webinars. We have increasing phone calls for those seeking help that have little or no funds and no insurance.

Target demographics: Anyone interested in ADHD and Co-morbid conditions

Direct beneficiaries per year: 1,000 +/-

Geographic areas served: Based in Texas but serve anyone

Programs: Educational conference featuring nationally known speakers and educators attended by over 200 doctors, mental health professionals , parents, and advocates Workshops for parents, advocates, and mental health professionals community resources and referrals, membership, newsletters and podcasts

Community Stories

52 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Client Served

Rating: 5

Pam and ADDA has served our community for over 20 years. You can count on her to know the answer to your question or point you in the right direction. The speakers are always amazing and the group is small, so you can always get your questions answered, and it is very laid back, and not intimating. The group is warm, accepting and friendly. I am grateful that ADDA is always there when I need information.

Client Served

Rating: 5

ADDA-SR: What can I say…Well, I can say a whole lot. If you, your child, your spouse or your significant other has ADD or ADHD, this is the organization to get involved and moving with. A wealth of knowledge is presented every month in support groups as well as workshops from many of the best diagnosticians, nutritionists, therapists, psychiatrists, psychologists, authors, etc. along with some of the very best that come from out of state. If you or your loved one’s have ADD or ADHD, and you live in the greater Houston area, it would be a shame for you or whomever’ s success, not to attend these meetings. There is so much to take away from each of these meetings and events and it is delivered by professionals that strive to help out people that need moderate to severe help. Get involved!!!!

Client Served

Rating: 5

I started this group when my daughter was diagnosed with ADHD in 4th grade. She is now a freshman in highschool. I love the information provided and strategies to help me as a parent be a better parent to her. I am also an elementary school teacher and have recommended this group to countless other parents wanting education and support for their children. I am so blessed ADDA is in my area. Thank you for all you do to support parents and children with ADHD. It has not only made me a better parent but teacher too.

Julia H.3

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

ADDA-SR is an organization operating since 1988 offering clinical, diagnostic, and educational training opportunities each year for parents, professionals, and individuals with ADHD . They have local support groups meeting regularly to give people a chance to share their concerns and challenges dealing with the disorder. I am an original member when we were founded at Baylor College of Medicine.

Cynthia30

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

ADDA-SR is a great organization that truly supports parents in effective and meaningful ways with information, trainings, and resources. I trust what they sponsor because they partner with the best speakers so that busy parents don't have to beat the bushes themselves.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

As a psychologist practicing in the Houston area for more than 20 years, I have had numerous opportunities to work with Pam Esser and ADDA-SR. She works tirelessly for the individuals and families dealing with ADHD and frequent comorbid conditions and situations that occur. There annual conference is a greet benefit to our community. I am very grateful to know Pam and to support her and her organization in any way possible.
Trent Everett, PhD

Jeremy P A.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I was introduced to ADDA-SR when I was invited to be on an expert panel following a public viewing of a powerful documentary. The event was very well organized and it was clear to me that ADDA-SR not only display a high level of professionalism and knowledge, but each of them showed a strong passion for what they do. This combination makes an outstanding non-profit that gets things done for those who need it.

Board Member

Rating: 5

My experience with ADDA-SR goes back to its inception in 1987. The conferences and workshops that the organization provide gave me the information I needed as a parent since there was very little information about ADD during that time. As I learned about the disorder, I became very involved with ADDA-SR and was able to assist other parents with school issues.
This is a wonderful organization and needs to continue to serve the communities it does.

Client Served

Rating: 5

I love Attention Deficit Disorders Association-Southern Region because they are so helpful with all the support groups they offer and the conferences, along with the educational information that they have. If they don't have the information they will find it for you. They are very supportive and with donations and contributions, they would not be able to help the families that they do. I am a single mother who reached out to them for help and I am so grateful I did, I have learned a lot from attending their conferences. When you don't know where to turn for help ADDA is always there to lend a helping hand. I am hoping that they are extremely successful in keeping donors and contributions coming in to keep them going.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Not too long after I was diagnosed with ADHD, I started attending their Adult Support Group. I found it to be very helpful along with my therapy. I found my Psychiatrist, who prescribed my ADD medication, through the Support Group. ADDA-SR has helped bring ADHD & related conditions out of the closet. I wish I had known about ADDA-SR when I was in my late 20’s.

Ellen Rubin D.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

ADDA-SR supports those with ADHD through educational seminars and hosting support groups throughout the greater Houston and Dallas areas. This priceless community helps countless individuals and families in making education accessible and available.

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

ADDA- SR makes a difference for those in our region with brain based conditions. Support groups, regionally spaced throughout the city, add an additional layer of monthly support with education and resources for those with ADHD. The Regional Conference and monthly events prepare those with ADHD with skills, empowerment, and knowledge. Thank you to Pam Esser for her leadership and organization!

General Member of the Public

Rating: 3

This is a valuable group both for local support and further education about Attention
Deficit Disorders.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

ADD-SR has been a great resource for me both as a teacher (now retired) in a local school for students with learning differences for 24 years and as a grandparent of someone with ADHD. I have attended many of their meetings over the years and always left feeling I not only learned about the subject matter but, more importantly, got to interact with parents, professionals, and sincerely interested people who wanted to learn more about how ADD affects individuals, families, and school personnel on a daily basis. Going back to a time when ADD was questioned as a “real” medical and educational condition to the present day when the advances in brain imaging have unlocked so many doors for those with ADD and for those who love them and teach them, a steady, consistent group of supporters have continued to believe in and be grateful for the contributions that have lead to a better understanding of ADD/ADHD in the NW area of Houston. Please consider supporting this dedicated non profit in any way you can.

Carlye R.

Board Member

Rating: 5

I started as a client many years ago and ADDA-SR was there to help me with my daughter. For several years I attended support group meetings and events and started helping out where I felt I could. Now I am a board member with my daughter an adult. ADDA-SR is a great organization always there to help families.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 4

ADDA-SR is an educational resource association that exemplifies compassion and prompt courteous service when inquiring about resources available.

Even though I live 4 hours away from Houston, TX, I am a member of the association and have attended trainings and share their educational resources with my ADHD Coaching and Organizing clients. Tammy C. O'Neil, ADHD Coach and Professional Organizer Specializing in ADHD, Chronic Disorganization and Hoarding

Eileene C.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

This nonprofit has provided help and insight into my son's ADD from preschool to adult years. Their conference and monthly meetings help provide needed information and resources to help parents and children as well as adults to be able to function in their community. It provides the assistance to find individualized help and assistance needed. Attention Deficit Disorders Association- Southern Region is truly a wonderful resource and is very helpful in dealing with ADD.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I learned about and reached out to ADDA-SR via email and attended a support group thankfully near my area in Houston. I appreciate the responsiveness and personable nature of the coordinator, Pam.

Although initially the meetings were not as applicable to me since it was about medication, I was able to learn about ADD/ADHD from professionals and hear testimonies from others at meetings and conference. The support group was helpful in a lecture based way but I found more helpful once I had specific questions and wanted to get ideas about situation or ideas of mine.

Eri G.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

ADDA is an asset to the community and offers parents and educators educational workshops, referrals, and other great resources.

Evanowsk

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

ADDA-SR is an amazing resource for families trying to understand ADHD. They have great recommendations for resources and they put on fantastic events with superb specialists. In addition to their wonderful conferences, I love their local meetings. I send a lot of people to the organization for help and guidance.

Advisor

Rating: 5

I have been on the Professional Advisory Committee for ADDA since it's inception almost 30 years ago. The association has been driven by parents and families where ADHD is an issue and has evolved with active participation of these families and the professionals who work with them, as well as school professionals (teachers, counselors, administrators) who want the best outcomes for the children and adolescents. The annual conference, the workshops, the support meetings, and the ongoing information and referral service are exceptional and include speakers of local and national reputation. I highly recommend the work that has been accomplished by the staff, the Board, and the Professional Advisory Committee.

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Advisor

Rating: 5

ADDA-SR has been helping families, children, adolescents, and adults with attention deficits for the past 30 years. The conferences and workshops are excellent and bring in national and local experts, the on-going support groups provide links with others who understand and ideas for coping, but the most relied-upon service is the personal attention given to information and referral. Wherever a request is generated from, the Executive Director, Pam Esser, works to find someone who can answer the request or who might be able to guide the requester to fulfill their needs.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Went to Regional Meeting in 2/2018. This was my first time attending this meeting. It was very well run, organized, and pertinent to the current hot topics of ADHD. well worth my time as an ADHD medical physician.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I have known Pam Esser for several years and I always find her to be a font of knowledge and she is generous in sharing her wisdom. Some of our students who are in our post secondary program at the V.A.S.T. Academy at HCC- and their parents- have benefited directly or indirectly from her interesting and useful classes and workshops.

ADDA-SR deserves recognition.

Karen Sprague, Houston Community College
V.A.S.T. ACADEMY Transition Specialist


Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

ADDA-SR has had a life changing impact for many of my clients! It's been empowering for them to learn they are not alone with their ADHD struggles and challenges. ADDA-SR has provided a place for us to learn, share and grow!

autismsuperman

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

The attention deficit disorder foundation southern region has helped and does help so many individuals on the ADHD spectrum. they do so much to help out including support groups, conferences, and just being there for you in a time of need, thanks so Much Ms. Pam Esser for everything you do with attention deficit disorder foundation southern region

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

ADDA-SR is AMAZING! They have been ever so present in our community for at LEAST 22 years that I know of. Pam is always "there"..... at her meetings and other seminars around the community. She is ALWAYS and so kind, gracious, helpful and a ROCK! She always has EXCELLENT programs ...and even for an "older" parents like me I am still learning and growing from her expertise of finding new and innovative speakers and her fortitude and tenacity to be sure there is always a place to come "home" to...... to get help and support during different phases of life! I am a big fan of ADDA-SR!!!!!! 

Donor

Rating: 5

My first experience with ADDA-SR was around 1993 when my son was in elementary school and struggling with behavior at home and in school. The support group I first attended pointed me in the right direction to find the resources necessary to get the help we needed. I started volunteering with the group and eventually became part of the staff for about 9 years. I am continually amazed at how many years they have continued assisting the community with resources and education about Attention Deficit Disorders. They provide an extremely valuable service to all who reach out and there is always someone willing to listen.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

As an ADHD clinician, I have found the resources invaluable for my ADHD children and adolescents.
Pam Esser is always patient and caring in our community. She strives to have speakers and an annual conference that is invaluable to clinicians and clients alike. I never miss the annual conference as it is filled with life changing information to advocate for our ADHD population.
ADD-SR makes a noticeable difference in our community.
Thank you!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

ADHD poses a lot of challenges in life, learning and relationships in general. The information that we have gained from this ADDA- Southern Region organization has been beneficial and impactful. This organization has truly given us the resources and tools that we needed to share in our local community support group.
Their hard work has been second to none. What a tremendous asset to the greater Houston area!

Gabriella M.1

Client Served

Rating: 5

ADDA-SR is a support group for parents of kids with ADD and for adults with ADD. They provide speakers, meetings all over the Houston and surrounding areas, sponsor conferences and guest lecturers. Pam Esser, the president of ADDA-SR, is a wealth of knowledge both as a parent and a professional, and has excellent contacts in the ADD world with parents, teachers, administrators, counselors, and community members. This is an excellent group.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I have attended seminars and workshops, the annual ADDA-SR conference, and co-facilitate a local parent support group meeting. This organization has been an invaluable resource to me (both as a psychologist and a mother) as well as to our community. I highly recommend it to anyone wanting to learn more about ADHD and learning differences.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

We have worked with Pam Esser and the ADDA-SR for many years. We can attest to the pivotal role ADDA-SR plays in supporting special populations in the greater-Houston community. As an organization, they listen to the community to create timely presentations on relevant topics. Additionally, ADDA-SR provides a sense of community in our area as schools, professionals, clinicians and others work with families to support individuals with differences, at varying ages. But most importantly they bring resources and highly qualified professionals for training to our community for little to no cost. We are truly thankful for all the ADDA-SR provides!

Ana E.1

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Pam Esser Executive Director for ADDA-SR has done a phenomenal job of sharing excellent resources, ongoing workshops, and events for educating and bringing awareness/acceptance to our community on Attention Deficit Disorders.

I refer many families to ADDA-SR and you should too!

Client Served

Rating: 5

The monthly meetings are always very informative and educational. I've attended a few workshops and those are always very educational as well. The group is very organized and very helpful in finding resources to meet my needs and the needs of others. Thank you.

Client Served

Rating: 5

ADDA-SR provides great seminars and an annual conference that gives me important information on supporting my children with ADHD. This is a super-important resource for the Greater Houston area, given that so many people have ADHD.

ADDA-SR offers training to a wide audience, including educators, professionals, adults with ADHD, and parents of children with ADHD.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Thousands who have been fortunate to experience ADDA-SR under the direction of Executive Director, Pam Esser, have been impacted in countless positive ways. Witnessing Pam’s dedication to others through ADDA-SR has been awe inspiring. She does not draw a consistent salary and much of the work she does on behalf of thousands of other people is done because of her dedication to individuals who are challenged by ADHD. Pam began by dedicating her life to ADDA-SR due to the needs of her two sons. Her entire life has been committed to her children and by doing so she realized that thousands of other families faced the same challenges and had nowhere to seek support. Children were being criminalized and denied specialized support in school and families were falling apart. Pam quickly sprang into action growing ADDA-SR to the level it is today. ADDA-SR is recognized as a leading support for families and individuals in need.
Pam spends her time and money traveling to schools, support groups, community events, organizations, hosts countless workshops and is now planning for ADDA-SR's 31st Annual Conference. Through the years of being dedicated to her family and the community she has never tired. Her two children and thousands of others benefitted and continue to benefit from her efforts. Sadly, her oldest son passed on unexpectedly. Rather than succumb to the sharp pain of the family’s loss, Pam picked up the broken pieces of her family to pour her energy into ADDA-SR to continue the efforts so no other family would face the challenges her children faced.
She is exceptional and a valued resource in the community. There are not enough words to clearly define the quality of human Pam is and her dedication to thousands of others. She gives selfishly and consistently. ADDA-SR needs to continue to support the thousands of children who are often misunderstood, criticized for their behavior and challenges in learning as being lazy and willful. Texas has one of two of the largest prison systems in the world and thousands incarcerated are challenged by ADHD, have been misunderstood, and became lost in a very tough world. However, there are thousands who have been saved and lead productive lives with confidence due to ADDA-SR's support through workshops, presentations, and the annual conferences. The world is a much better place with ADDA-SR.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Have volunteered with ADDA-SR for many years. Always have top-notch conferences, speakers, workshops and offer enormous support for the parents and children they serve. Dedicated staff and volunteers make up this organization.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

When my son was first diagnosed with ADD as a child, I was uneducated about the disorder and of course very anxious and hesitant to start medication. I found out about ADDA from the dr. we were seeing and received some information in the mail and then attended a support group meeting. I got involved in helping the group and learned some invaluable information on how to better help my son. The wealth of knowledge from the support group leader as well as the director were phenomenal as well as the level of compassion.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I have had the opportunity to interact with the organization frequently. They offer continuing education for professionals that allows those with an interest in the field to continue to expand their horizons and serve the client population better than they would otherwise be able to do without the organization's support.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

When my son was diagnosed with ADHD 16 years ago, I was directed to ADDA-Southern Region support groups by my son's Pediatric Neurologist to give my husband and me emotional support and for us to learn more about what we could do to help him learn in spite of also being diagnosed with Apraxia of Speech and a Sensory Integration Disorder. He received several years of therapy, but because he received his therapy early in his life and because of the excellent information his father and I learned about helping him to learn in a more hands-on way.

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 4

ADDA-SR is an organization dedicated to serving the general public for the purpose of education regarding Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) and its related challenges. This organization disseminates current information about ADHD as well as having monthly support meetings for parents of ADHD children, and arranging for specific workshops and conventions. Additionally, the Staff respond to general questions and assist in finding referral sources and resources for those in need of assistance. They work hard and tirelessly in this endeavor and deserve a a huge THANK YOU! This is an invaluable organization and can only continue to exist through the consistant participation of the public. We should make every effort to support this very worthwhile organization in any way possible.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

I learned about the ADD conference coordinated by the ADDA-SR group. I registered and attended - and am very glad I chose to spend my time this way. The event was well run, with great speakers. I'm glad I told 5 friends about the event also. Only 3 were able to attend, but we all appreciated the Saturday learning opportunity. THANKS for the great event. I've also emailed the volunteers with a couple of specific questions seeking pointers. Every time, the volunteers did get back to me in a timely manner with very relevant suggestions that got me moving in a productive direction to find appropriate information. Again, thanks to these volunteers. They've certainly helped me to understand that I'm not alone in my battle against ADD for my family.

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Volunteer

Rating: 4

ADDA-SR is an invaluable resource for the Texzs community. It provides excellent education about ADHD thru conferences for patients, their parents, professionals and the commnity at large. Inaddition the personal 1:1 education has been invaluable for my patients.Another key service is advocacy for students to get the appropiate services needed from schools. The staff are incredibly dedicated individuals who give their all to help those with ADHD and their families. I wish that they had more funds to be able to create more outreach into rural Texas. They are always under financial pressure and have not been able to create stable funding. I miss their mailed Newsletter. The quality is still high but emailing a newsletter misses many of the people who need it the most. They need to devise a better system of using their Professional Advisory Board to be more productive and involved. This body should be involved in fund raising. It feels that only a few of the Professional Advisory Board truly put their energies into the Organization yet the Board never changes to get rid of the dead wood. The continual financial crises are very distracting and limit this organization

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I have been involved with this organization for over fifteen years and wholly support its goals and objectives. This organization has been beneficial to clients and professionals by providing information and knowledge about ADHD and providing referral sources for clients. It has also provided a wealth of knowledge for professionals. As a professional, I highly endorse this organization and its very capable staff.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

When I first started the group over 15 years ago, I was a parent in search of help and had no idea what to expect but ADDA-SR was always been there to support me when I had questions or concerns. The organization presented me a way to offer support to parents in the community as well as information to educators, health care providers and family members at no cost. My support group provides needed contact between parents who feel alone and need someone to talk to who understands as well as information from professionals in the community. Over the years, I have had contact with hundreds of thousands of people searching for help via phone, e-mail or in person. Thanks to the organization, I had the chance to help each one of them and will continue to help them in any way I can.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I have 2 sons with issues ranging from ADHD, Dyslexia, Aspergers tendancies, PDD-NOS, etc. This organization has helped me with getting education services in the public school system (IEP, 504, etc.), learning what thier rights are, getting medical doctor recommendations, and general coping skills for a parent raising boys with learning and life issues. It has been a real help to our family.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

When my son was 9 years old, he was diagnosed with Attention Deficit Disorder. I knew very little about it and needed more knowledge and also support in dealing with it. ADDA-SR was there for me! Through monthly support meetings and annual conferences, I have learned a great deal which has, in turn, helped me to help my son. Everyone was always so helpful and friendly. I learned about effective treatment strategies. Today, my son is 16 years old and is doing fantastic! I higly recommend this organization to anyone seeking similar help. It's been wonderful!

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

When I first learned about ADDA I had the opportunity to attend one of their regional conferences. Having a son with ADHD, I was constantly on the lookout for advice and helps. I learned SO MUCH at the ADDA weekend conference! There were a variety of speakers covering topics from organization to diet to medication to procrastination and many others! It was well-organized and each topic was covered by someone well-qualified to speak on the subject. It was validating to be in a room full of people who were dealing with the same things I was. I took a number of things home with me; one of which was a thankfulness that this organization exists.

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Client Served

Rating: 4

I first learned of ADDA when our daughter was 7 or 8 years old (she is now 16). Being a good parent is a challenge even without ADD/ADHD in the picture, but we were finding that the condition was responsible for numerous differences between kids with and kids without ADD. These differences complicated school and many other facets of life. Yet, we knew we had a wonderful and special child; we didn't want that fact to get lost in the shuffle. ADDA has provided some outstanding educational programs that have been extremely helpful in better knowing and handling our situation. Monthly meetings were free and even provided child care, which sometimes made the difference in my ability to attend. And they were entertaining, too - good speakers who not only knew their stuff, but they had their own experiences as well. I have also been to a couple of special programs for a fee and came away with a LOT of helpful information. My daughter even accompanied me to one of them, and we both enjoyed and learned from it. In fact, she ended up working with the speaker privately as a tutor and educational consultant, which taught her a lot. My husband has also attended some of the meetings and feels he benefited from them. The information and education we received from ADDA has enabled us to understand our daughter so much better than we would have otherwise, which, in turn, has improved our parenting and made us a happy family. Kids like her walk such a tightrope - so full of potential, yet so many challenges, and the right kind of parenting can make all the difference. We are blessed to have an organization like ADDA!

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 4

Their annual conferences are always informative and interesting. It is a great time to visit with parents and professionals in the field.

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Client Served

Rating: 4

As a parent with a child with ADHD, you are constantly on the look out for resources and information. Less than a week before the annual seminar, I found ADDA-SR. I was able to receive a parent scholarship to attend. Just being with other parents--hearing speakers who have walked in my shoes was a tremendous boost. I received a wealth of information--and shared it with my son's teachers and other families, too. I continually go back to my notes and the books I purchased at the conference as helpful, practical resources as I guide and support my son.