What is Attention Deficit Disorder (ADD or ADHD if with “hyperactivity”)?
Attention Deficit Disorder – ADHD – is a physical disorder with psycho-educational implications. While ADD/ADHD may be a disorder that comes with controversy – this much is known – children don’t acquire ADD overnight. In fact, ADD is as much as part of a person as eye color.
What are the distinctive factors of ADD?
Challenges with sustaining attention to a task
Doesn’t seem to be listening or “paying attention”
Challenges with organization (including in a classroom or office environment)
Forgetful – even with routine tasks
Distractible and seems “off task”
Instructions seem confusing or “too much”
In addition, these behaviors may be noticed:
Seems to be always on the GO!
Problems with impulse control (including blurting out, touching an object despite warnings it could be dangerous, or running around – even if it could lead to potentially being hurt)
- Give simple and short directions
- Consider giving directions as a list: First, Second, Third
- Have items available to keep a child busy and not interfere with First Responders – such as a deck of cards, electronic tablet, items for drawing
Read more about ADD / ADHD via http://www.CHADD.org