Introduction: What is ADHD?
- Attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) – one of the commonplace developmental disorders;
- Can affect both adults and children throughout life;
- Can often be less obvious or detectable than other disorders.
ADHD in Children
- ADHD is primarily found and diagnosed during childhood;
- Symptoms lessen with age in some cases;
- Solutions include medication and behavioral changes to accommodate the condition.
Symptoms of ADHD
- Easily distracted;
- Often forgets about things or loses things;
- Trouble listening or carrying out instructions.
Hyperactivity and Impulsivity
- Trouble sitting still;
- Excessive talking/physical movement;
- Acting without thinking or interrupting.
Possible Effects of ADHD
- Social alienation or trouble adjusting;
- Problems completing day-to-day tasks, setting goals, or doing what is required;
- A dislike of education and other professional settings due to their stifling and controlled nature.
Why is ADHD an Important Consideration in an education environment?
- Educators play a critical role in both recognizing the disorder and adapting to working with affected children.
- Teachers can work together with parents to assist those with ADHD.
- School is a formative period of time for children, where learning to manage their condition and learn is most important.
Effects of ADHD on Learning
Children with ADHD have trouble focusing on a single task and paying attention, impacting their ability to learn and retain information.
ADHD can become a disruption for the classroom environment, which impacts both students and teachers.
Effects of ADHD on Socialization
- Disruptive or reckless behavior can have an alienating and distancing effect;
- Communication issues arise from ADHD student’s attention problems.
Accommodating ADHD Children in the Classroom
- Behavioral classroom management to incentivize particular behaviors;
- Organizational Training.
Improving learning and Information Retention
- Special Accommodations for learning and classroom activities;
- Frequent communication with students.
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