ADD – ADHD
- ADD support group and ADHD support group. Professional speakers
What are ADD and ADHD?
• ADHD is a problem with inattentiveness, over-activity, impulsivity, or a combination. For these problems to be diagnosed as ADHD, they must be out of the normal range for a child's age and development.
• ADHD is the most commonly diagnosed behavioral disorder of childhood. It affects about 3 - 5% of school aged children.
• ADHD is diagnosed much more often in boys than in girls.
• ADHD may run in families, but it is not clear exactly what causes it.
• Whatever the cause may be, it seems to be set in motion early in life as the brain is developing.
• Imaging studies suggest that the brains of children with ADHD are different from those of other children.
• Depression, lack of sleep, learning disabilities, tic disorders, and behavior problems may be confused with, or appear with, ADHD.
• Every child suspected of having ADHD should be carefully examined by a doctor to rule out possible other conditions or reasons for the behavior.
• Some children with ADHD also have at least one other developmental or behavioral problem. They may also have a psychiatric problem, such as depression or bipolar disorder.
The symptoms of ADHD fall into three groups:
- Inattentivity (Lack of attention)
Some children with ADHD primarily have the inattentive type. Others may have a combination of types. Those with the inattentive type are less disruptive and are more likely to not be diagnosed with ADHD
- Fails to give close attention to details or makes careless mistakes in schoolwork
- Has difficulty keeping attention during tasks or play
- Does not seem to listen when spoken to directly
- Does not follow through on instructions and fails to finish schoolwork, chores, or duties in the workplace
- Has difficulty organizing tasks and activities
- Avoids or dislikes tasks that require sustained mental effort (such as schoolwork)
- Often loses toys, assignments, pencils, books, or tools needed for tasks or activities
- Is easily distracted
- Is often forgetful in daily activities
- Fidgets with hands or feet or squirms in seat
- Leaves seat when remaining seated is expected
- Runs about or climbs in inappropriate situations
- Has difficulty playing quietly
- Is often "on the go," acts as if "driven by a motor," talks excessively
- Blurts out answers before questions have been completed
- Has difficulty awaiting turn
- Interrupts or intrudes on others (butts into conversations or games)
- Makes impulsive choices due to lack of forethought which can cause the child to get in trouble
- Has difficulty with self-control and reactions to emotional situations
Two Legal options available at school
- Section 504 law (commonly called a 504 Plan) and;
- IDEA – the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act which allows for an Individual Education Plan, commonly called an IEP. More info.
Educere has teachers for special education, gifted and talented and standard level. We have teachers in all subjects, and help kids get past their challenges.
Regular appointments provide routine and structure for children with ADD/ADHD.
Managing ADD and ADHD, and Working with Schools
9039 Katy Freeway #302
Houston TX 77024
Katy Freeway area
Memorial Drive area
Spring Branch area