Attention-deficit/hyperac- tivity disorder (AD/HD) is a condition that can make it hard for a person to sit still, control behavior, and pay attention.
These difficulties usually begin before the person is 7 years old. How- ever, these behaviors may not be noticed until the child is older.
What are some symptoms/signs?
Having trouble following through on assignments or tasks.
Blurting out answers/ impulsive behavior.
The causes of AD/HD has still yet to be determined, all we know is that there is a lack of neurotransmitters in the brain that control our behavior.
There are 3 types of AD/HD
- inattentive type, where the person can’t seem to get focused or stay focused on a task or activity;
- hyperactive-impulsive type, where the person is very active and often acts without think- ing; and
- combined type, where the person is inatten- tive, impulsive, and too active
Having AD/HD can cause the student to have other issues such as anxiety and depression. These are not symptoms of AD/HD but rather consequences to the stigma they feel in the classroom and at home.
- Like all students kids with AD/HD have a different style of learning. Working with their quirks and helping them develop behavioral techniques are ways to "treat" AD/HD.
- If behavioral tactics alone aren't enough, after consulting with a doctor parents may choose to medicate their child as well. Some of those medications include Adderall, Ritalin, and Vyvanse.
Speaking from personal experience, medicating a your child should be a last resort. Our bodies begin to build up a tolerance for the medications we take, AD/HD medication isn't an exception. Since beginning medical treatment my junior year of high school, I have had to up my dosage 4 times, and due to the assumption that medication fixes the problem my teachers failed to continue working in behavioral tactics with me.
Being someone who has ADD or the "inattentive type" I was initially started on behavioral tactics to keep me focused in school. I was instructed to create structure around me so that minuscule tasks would become routine and keep me organized. I had to label/color coordinate everything from my school planner to my closet at home. This led me to develop OCD tendencies and I eventually still had to be put on medication by the time I was a junior in high school.
ADHD is more difficult to deal with than others realize and effects me in my relationships and everyday decisions.
Approximately 11% of children 4-17 years of age (6.4 million) have ever been diagnosed with ADHD as of 2011.
Another study shows that 5 out of 100 students are diagnosed and boys are more likely to be diagnosed than girls are.