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What is ADHD?

ADHD is Attention Deficit / Hyperactivity Disorder. There used to be ADD (inattentive) and ADHD (hyper). Several years ago, this changed. There are 3 types of ADHD.

1. ADHD inattentive type:

· Short attention span for age (difficulty sustaining attention)

· Difficulty listening to others

· Difficulty attending to details

· Easily distracted

· Forgetfulness

· Poor organizational skills for age

· Poor study skills for age

2. ADHD impulsive/hyperactive type

Impulsivity looks like:

· Often interrupts others

· Has difficulty waiting for his or her turn in school and/or social games

· Tends to blurt out answers instead of waiting to be called upon

· Takes frequent risks, and often without thinking before acting

Hyperactivity looks like:

· Seems to be in constant motion; runs or climbs, at times with no apparent goal except motion, unable to stay in seat

· Inability to stay on task; shifts from one task to another without bringing any to completion

· Fidgets with hands or squirms when in his or her seat; fidgeting excessively

· Talks excessively

· Has difficulty engaging in quiet activities

· Loses or forgets things repeatedly and often

3. ADHD combined type - presentation of both inattentive and impulsive/hyperactivity.

Cognitive Processing Speed - What does it look like?

This month we are highlighting Cognitive Processing Speed.

**This is not a diagnostic tool - this information and description is meant to support instruction following an evaluation.**

Students with deficits in this area often experience difficulty with…

- efficient processing of information

- quickly perceiving relationships (similarities and differences between stimuli or information)

- working within time parameters

- completing simple, rote tasks quickly

- disturbances in routing

Students with deficits in this area often experience difficulty in the classroom with…

Reading: slow reading speed, which interferes with comprehension, need to reread for understanding

Math: automatic computations, computational speed is slow despite accuracy, slow speed can result in reduced accuracy due to memory decay

Writing: limited output due to time factors, labored process results in reduced motivation to produce

Language: cannot retrieve information quickly (slow, disrupted speech; cannot get out thoughts quickly enough, slow to process incoming information – puts demands on memory store, which can result in information overload and loss of meaning

Verse of the Month

Today we focus on perseverance.

As educators who have the honor of educating our most vulnerable population, take a few moments to reflect on the beautiful task we carry and the impact we can make on the children we serve. Despite our hardships, professional or personal, we continue to push forward.

"I know how to be brought low, and I know how to abound. In any and every circumstance, I have learned the secret of facing plenty and hunger, abundance and need. I can do all things through him who strengthens me. Yet it was kind of you to share my trouble." -Philippians 4:12-14

Office of Special Education & Student Support Services

Briana Evans, M.Ed., Ed.Diag.
Director of Special Education
Office of Student Support Services
Assessment Specialists and Evaluation

Tracy Rodman, M.Ed.
Assistant Director of Special Education
Office of Student Support Services
Instruction & Curriculum