My first introduction to AD(H)D was in the 1980s while teaching a child whose cluster of negative behaviors seemed to be just bizarre. Ten years on, and I was confronted with similar behaviors in one of my children. There is nothing quite like experiencing AD(H)D from both sides of the fence as parent and professional!
3 components of ADHD
How it negatively impacts your child:
1. Distractibility and an inability to focus on a
consistent basis on schoolwork and everyday
2. Impulsivity and a tendency to leap before
thinking; physically restlessness and boundless
energy -- thus, the H for hyperactivity in AD(H)D.
3. Executive Dysfunction: a chronic weakness in
organization and planning, internal (ideas,
writing, math, etc.) and external ( bedroom,
daily tasks, homework, etc.)
1. Academic Language: difficulties with receptive (language taken in) and expressive (outgoing expression of language). Students with ADD cannot hold onto the vocabulary in any subject needed for effective communication.
2. Social Language: an absence of the social language needed to build relationships with peers -- they simply not understand the social cues.
3. Relationship Language: an inability to build positive relationships within the family leading to arguments and tensions.