Essay on Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder and the Student

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Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder and the Student Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) is one of the most common obstacles that some students face in the process of learning. ADHD is often confused with Attention Deficit Disorder (ADD). It is very important to understand the difference between ADHD and ADD. It is also very important to understand the symptoms and behaviors associated with ADHD, as well as the causes and treatments available. After a complete understanding of the basics of ADHD, a closer look at the education system is essential. The education of children relies on the teacher’s knowledge of ADHD, as well as parent student teacher relationships. There are also some important teaching tips that…show more content…
According the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders Fourth Edition (DSM4), children must have at least six out of nine listed criteria in order to be diagnosed with ADHD. Some examples of these criteria includes, but is not limited to, paying little attention to detail, lack of organization, forgetfulness, easily distracted, impatience, talkative, and fidgety (“Teaching”, 1998, Zeigler Dendy, 2000). Diagnosing ADHD can be a difficult task because of the variance of symptoms and behaviors. “What often makes an attention deficit so complex is that two-thirds of student with a disorder have at least one other coexisting condition such as learning disabilities, anxiety, or depression (Zeigler Dendy, 2000, p1).” One key identifier is a “two to four year lag of age appropriate developmental skills (Zeigler Dendy, 2002, p3).” Other symptoms and behaviors that may be an indicator of ADHD include disorganization, forgetfulness, impaired sense of time, variability in school work, sleep disturbances, inability to learn from either punishment or rewards, and also the inability to adapt easily to change (Zeigler Dendy, 2000). A few facts to be aware of involve the heredity of ADHD, and the difference in behaviors between boys and girls. Forty to fifty percent of children with ADHD have at least one parent who has been diagnosed with ADHD, and
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