Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder ( Adhd )

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Student Description Adam, a white 16-year-old 10th grader, was the focus of the indirect and direct assessments. Adam receives special education services for other health impairments (OHI), specifically Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD). Adam’s teacher, Mr. B, and Adam both mentioned during the indirect and direct observations that he does not always take his medication for his ADHD. Like many of his peers, Adam seems to enjoy the social aspects of school. Any opportunity to talk with other students is eagerly sought out, and there is a constant desire to use his phone to be connected with others. However, unlike his peers, Adam’s attempts to interact with the students in the class or the teacher are awkward. His lack of inhibition often results in rude or inappropriate comments, and he seems unable to comprehend the verbal and nonverbal cues of his peers indicating they did not want to interact with Adam. Adam 's lack of social adeptness is typical in adolescents with ADHD. These students often do not have appropriate reciprocal social responses. Instead, the inability of students with ADHD to regulate their behavior and emotions leads to interactions in which they bother or pester others and they are often socially ostracized (Hallahan, Kauffman, & Pullen). Students with ADHD are easily distracted, impulsive, and have the desire to be in constant motion. These traits are not always compatible with the expectations of a classroom, and often
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