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Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD): What is It?

What is Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, also known as ADHD? Dr. Paul Gelston will help us understand the signs and symptoms of ADHD. How to assist children with ADHD. Who to turn to for diagnosis and the role of schools and educators to help children with ADHD. Watching this video will help you learn all you need to know about supporting children with ADHD.

What is Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder? 

Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), is a neuro-developmental disorder. It refers to a pattern of difficulties. In which has two main symptoms: 

  • – Inattention.
  • – Hyperactivity or impulsivity.

Signs and symptoms: 

1| Inattention

Which would include a short attention span, careless mistakes, and distractions. Also, kids might be forgetful, or lose items regularly. 

2| Hyperactivity or impulsivity

Some kids would face fidgety and problems remaining seated for instance. In addition, they would talk excessively, and interrupt others. 

The subtypes of ADHD

Predominantly Hyperactive-Impulsive Type, Predominantly Inattentive type, and the Combined Type which is a mixture between the two, and is the most common. 

How is ADHD diagnosed? 

First we should know that not all ADHD cases are the same. Some children do not show all symptoms, while others might show more.

This varies depending on the surrounding environments. Some children with ADHD show better results of paying attention in clinics rather than classrooms. Therefore, a thorough assessment is important accompanied by background information and observations in several fields (academic, intellectual, emotional, and behavioral) so it would be as accurate as possible. 

These assessments are based on a Multi-Disciplinary and Multi-Setting Psycho-Educational framework, which does not require any blood tests or brain scans.

How to support a child with ADHD? 

  • 1| Reduce Distractibility  
  • 2| Improve Attention
  • 3| Manage Overactivity / Impulsivity

Make sure to watch the full session to get more information and tips.