Educational Implications for Students with ADHD, Overt, and Covert

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ADHD “Attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) is a condition affecting children and adults that is characterized by problems with attention, impulsivity, and overactivity” (CHADD). “It is a neurobiological disorder that affect 3-7 percent of school age children and may be seen as before the age of 7. The current diagnostic label is attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder, however, in the past several other names have been used, such as brain-damaged, minimal brain dysfunction, hyperkinetic impulsive disorder, and attention deficit disorder (CHADD). ADHD is a controversial disorder. Some understand it to be a true disability, while others believe “good teaching and discipline at home resolve the problems” (Kauffman 2005). ADHD is characterized by not focusing, inability to sustain attention, hyperactive, distracted, impulsive, noisy, irritable, fight, and are destructive. Students who exhibit these characteristics have difficulty finding and keeping friends. They are difficult to live with and drive the teachers to discomposure (Kauffman 2005). Early identification and treatment are important due to the serious consequences of school failure; depression, substance abuse, delinquency, and job failure are some of the serious consequences (CHADD). Students with ADHD may experience lower grades, failed grades, more expulsions, and increased drop out. The student’s hyperactivity, impulsivity, and inattention interfere with the challenges of school. According to the U.S. Department of Education (2003), Difficulty sustaining attention to a task may contribute to missing important details in assignments, daydreaming during lectures, and difficulty organizing details assignments. Hyperactivity may be expressed in either ve... ... middle of paper ... ...e teacher (Kauffman 2005). References Kauffman J. M. (2005). Characteristics of emotional and behavioral disorders of children and youth. 8th ed. Upper Saddle River NJ: Merrill Prentice Hall The disorder named ad/hd- chadd fact sheet #1 (nd). Retrieved March 27, 2006 from http://www.chadd.org/fs/fs1.htm Youd, D. (2004) Managing high level conflicts and conduct disorders in a school setting. Retrieved March 27, 2006 from http://www.molecreek.tased.edu.au/managingconductdisorders.htm U.S. Department of Education, Office of Special Education and Rehabilitative Services, Office of Special Education Programs, Identifying and treating attention deficit hyperactivity disorder: a resource for school and home (2003). Washington, D.C., 20202.Retrieved March 27, 2006 from http://www.ed.gov/teachers/needs/speced/adhd/adhd-resource-pt1.doc

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