“Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder is a condition in which a person not only has a great difficulty concentrating for more than a few minutes but also is inattentive, impulsive, and overactive” (The Developing Person Through the Life Span, page 310). Both children and adults are diagnosed with ADHD, but children hold a higher percentage of this diagnosis because the disorder usually appears in early to middle childhood. “The average age of ADHD diagnosis was 7 years of age, but children reported by their parents as having more severe ADHD were diagnosed earlier” (Web, CDC). The symptoms of childhood ADHD, from a personal standpoint, seem to almost mirror what I have observed as normal (developmental) childhood behavior (angst). “The main symptom, (among the three main symptoms) of ADHD is the inability to pay attention.
ADHD is a disorder that has been on the rise for several years now. The disorder is one that can cause many impairments to a child’s attention span, making it difficult to concentrate and to keep on task, especially on schoolwork. (Graham, 2007) The statistics have been growing ... ... middle of paper ... ...s' Preferences for ADHD Information from Schools. School Psychology Review, 31(1), 94. Katie, R. (2013, October).
Parents must understand that everyone shows signs of ADHD at times, so the DMS (Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders) has a specific guideline for determining ADHD. (Aschenbrenner, Diane S.) Showing signs of ADHD could mean the child is suffering from chronic fear of mild seizures. If the child has problems in school it could mean one of three things. One is the child actually has ADHD. The child has trouble paying attention and may get frustrated with school.
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As a result, children with ADHD may develop emotional, social, developmental, academic, and family problems because of the frustrations and problems they are constantly experiencing. Families who have children with ADHD often experience much higher anxiety and stress levels. A large number of children, almost half, will exhibit signs of ADHD by the age of four. However, most children are not diagnosed until he or she reaches elementary school. The behaviors that are associated with ADHD in children put them at risk for a host of other problems and complications such as completing their education, alcohol and other drug abuse, and an increased risk for delinquency.
ADHD during middle childhood affects children’s behaviors at home and school. There are many different symptoms that children experience before they are diagnosed with ADHD, these symptoms all fall under the three main types of the disorder; predominately inattentive type, predominately hyperactive-impulsive type, and the combined type. ADHD is often found with other disorders and associated problems. Middle childhood children diagnosed with ADHD can begin to experience many challenges in school and at home. Although ADHD cannot be cured it can be successfully treated and managed to support all children diagnosed with ADHD to being successful academically and to have control over their behaviour.
Kids go through bouts of hyperactivity and disobedience in school, but at a certain point this behavior may distract other students away from learning. Teachers should be counseled on how to interact with and teach an ADHD child in order to give that child an ultimate learning experience. At some point in their lives, approximately 4.6 million children in the United States aged 5-17 years are diagnosed with some form of ADHD. More than half of these children are put on medications to control the disorder. Sadly, but not surprisingly, the consumption of Ritalin, the main drug used to treat ADHD, in the United States is “6 times greater than that of Australia, eight times greater than that of Spain, and 18 times greater than that of Chile”(Parens).
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ADHD stands for attention deficit hyperactivity disorder. There are many symptoms that are related to ADHD. Some of the more common symptoms in toddlers and preschoolers are the inability to sit still, control actions, follow simple direction, easily angered, and impatience (Dunkin, 1). ADHD is discovered most of the time when the child enters elementary school. As Dunkin says in her WebMD article, “At this stage, children with this form of the disorder often become disruptive, blurting out answers without raising their hands, getting up from their seat and moving about the classroom, and talking excessively” (2).