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November 15, 2010 / Posted by in Blog

One of the most widespread medical issues, that affects over two million children nationwide, is popularly known as ADHD. Until recently, there was a discrepancy between ADD and ADHD, but it is now politically correct to say ADHD. Attention Deficit Hyperactive Disorder can be broken down into three sub-categories: predominantly hyperactive-impulse, predominantly inattentive, and combined hyperactive-impulsive and inattentive. Hyperactive-impulsive is loosely defined as an inability to stand still, compared to a predominantly inattentive child who will day dream for long periods of time. The third category, hyperactive-impulsive and inattentive, is for a child who embodies both of these symptoms.

Although ADHD is not classified as a learning disability, the disorder can have severe effects on a child’s performance in the classroom. Common symptoms of Attention Deficit (Hyperactive) Disorder are a lack of focus, impulsive behavior, and being hyperactive. When these three symptoms are displayed in the classroom, it is the recipe for bad behavior and inattention, consequently resulting in poor performance. These disorders can also have a negative impact on a child’s in-home behavior and his/her social relationships, both in and out of school. When finding treatment for ADHD, one must consider medicinal treatment along with behavioral therapy. Common medicines such as Ritalin and Adderall have proven to be very successful with very little side effects.

These medicines are stimulants that react with chemicals in a person’s brain, allowing the person to focus his/her energy on specific tasks (opposed to being “scatter brained” and focusing on everything). Along with medication, pairing your child with the appropriate therapist can have a huge impact on your child. It is very important for your child to understand the obstacles that he/she will face as he/she grows older, and how to combat these obstacles. If the proper steps are taken, ADHD can be controlled, and your child can prosper through their academics.

Screening is available though JBG Educational Group by Dr. Jamie Rodriguez. All results are kept confidential.

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