Children With Attention Deficit Hyper Activity Disorder ( Adhd )

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I began my employment with the New York City Department of Education in September of 2005. Through my experience and training as a Paraprofessional I have experienced many aspects of grammar school education. Most of my assignments through the years have been with an elementary school child diagnosed with Attention Deficit Hyper Activity Disorder (ADHD). Through my training and experience I have learned that ADHD is a neurobehavioral development disorder and is a “persistent pattern inattention and/or hyperactivity—impulsivity that is more frequently displayed and more severe than is typically observed in individuals at a comparable level of development,” as defined within: The Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders. The …show more content…

According to the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH) genes play a large role and are probably the result of a combination of factors such as the environment, brain injuries, and nutrition of the individual that might contribute to ADHD. The symptoms of ADHD appear in children between the ages of three and six. Each child develops differently so it makes it hard for the disorder to be diagnosed in the beginning. Parents and teachers will detect different symptoms because they are caring for the child in completely different settings. While there is no single test that can diagnose a child having ADHD, licensed health professionals gather information about the child, his behavior, and environment. The child I work with was seen by a licensed professional outside of the school setting. In conjunction with the classroom teacher, forms had to be completed based on my observation of his behaviors, why they occurred, what stratagies were carried out to calm him down, and how long the episodes lasted. This type of recording was done over a period of time. After the licensed professional gathered all

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