ADHD

Irvin Ramirez

Definition

Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) is a problem of not being able to focus, being overactive, not being able control behavior, or a combination of these. For these problems to be diagnosed as ADHD, they must be out of the normal range for a person's age and development.

Effects of the disability


  • Not being able to focus (inattentiveness)
  • Being extremely active (hyperactivity)
  • Not being able to control behavior (impulsivity)

How is it identified?

ADHD usually beings during a person's childhood, and sometimes may continue into their adult years. Most often found in boys rather than girls. Alongside that it is one of the most common diagnosed behavioral disorder in children.

There is really not a clear explanation for what causes ADHD. A combination of both the person's genes and environmental factors likely play a role in the development of the condition. To determine if you child has ADHD a doctor or health professional are to be involved such as: a checklist of symptoms, answers to questions about past and present problems, or a medical exam to rule out other causes for symptoms.

Strategies that can be used to help educate a student with ADHD

  • You are to allow frequent breaks, for the student.
  • Provide a squeeze ball or something to tap on for the student that does not make noise to be used as a physical outlet.
  • Use visuals, such as charts, videos, props, etc.
  • Summarize key points.
  • Repeat yourself as much times as possible.
  • Give simple and structured instructions.
  • Include various activities in a lesson, games are a good way for them to remember information.
  • Use reminders such as placing sticky notes on the student's desk.
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