Developmental Disabilities

Attention Deficit Disorder

An Attention Deficit Disorder is characterized by an impairment which interferes with the ability of the child to attend to a stimulus long enough to accomplish a task or receive information.  The child may exhibit hyperactive or hypoactive behaviors.  The onset is during the early years.  Symptoms may persist into adulthood or may disappear at puberty.

Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder

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Attention Deficit Disorder children tend to show hyperactive or hypoactive behaviors.  This is an impairment which interferes with a child’s ability to stay focused long enough to accomplish a task or listen to information.

 A child with ADD will exhibit some of these symptoms:  excessive movement, fidgeting, uncontrollable movements, require little sleep, runs instead of walks, have a short attention span, easily over-stimulated, unable to follow directions, daydreams, impulsive, acts without thinking, goes from one activity to another, unorganized, chatter incessantly, trouble taking turns, flits around, disruptive, and poor judgment. A child with ADD can be upset easily, can be irritable, rude, aggressive, destructive, moody and easily frustrated.

Things you can do: intervene immediately when child shows aggression, compliment the child often, keep a daily routine, have child sit close to teachers, simplify instructions, keep activities short, have space around for movement, keep distractions and noise to a minimum, adult supervision, keep a chart of the child’s behavior and above all remain calm. Attention Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) is one of the most common mental disorders in children and adolescents. It also affects an estimated 4.4 percent of adults in the United States in a given year. Symptoms include difficulty staying focused and paying attention, difficulty controlling behavior, and very high levels of activity. Studies show that the number of children being diagnosed with ADHD is increasing.

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