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ADHD


by Dr. Shellie D. Locke, Ph.D.,
Neuropsychology Specialist


We have all had one of these experiences at one time or another. Perhaps it was at the grocery store, watching frustrated parents call their children’s names repeatedly and implore them to “put that down.” Maybe it was a situation at school with a child who could not seem to sit still and was always in motion. Maybe we noticed a child who appears always to be daydreaming in class—the student whose limited focus precludes task completion. Or perhaps, the situation is one of a seemingly bored child who journeys from one incomplete task to the next. Attention-Deficit/ Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) has many faces and remains one of the most talked-about and controversial subjects in education.


What Causes ADHD?
Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder

ADHD

(ADHD) is a neurological condition involving problems with inattention and hyperactivity-impulsivity.


These problems are inconsistent with what would be expected given the child's age. It should be noted that ADHD is not regarded as a problem of inattention, but rather a developmental failure in brain circuitry that monitors inhibition and self-control. According to leading researchers in the field (i.e., Russell Barkley), the loss of self-regulation impairs other important brain functions crucial for maintaining attention such as delayed gratification. Children with ADHD also may display excessive motor activity, high energy level, and consequent disorganized, impulsive behaviors which are often misperceived as intentional noncompliance. Children with ADHD exhibit a range of symptoms of varying levels of severity. Such children require specific intervention to address their behaviors. It should be noted that many children with ADHD are of at least average intelligence, possess a range of personality characteristics, and individual assets.

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