Learning Disabilities and ADHD

There are many factors that could contribute to learning disabilities. Two of the largest culprits are Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder and Attention Deficit Disorder also known as ADHD and ADD.

ADD will no longer be seen in that term of language. ADD has been eliminated. The new “language” of ADHD is as follows:

Predominantly Inattentive Type
Predominantly Hyperactive-Impulsive Type
Combined Type

We will talk about the Predominantly Inattentive Type first. The symptoms are unable to focus on school work and other tasks. The ADD child seems lazy or may be labeled a daydreamer. The ADD or Predominantly Inattentive Type has most of the symptoms as the adhd child except the hyperactivity and impulsiveness.

Secondly, we will talk about the Predominantly Hyperactive-Impulsive Type. This child has problems focusing on schoolwork or most tasks, sitting still, and following directions. Due to the fact that the child can hear every noise around him or her makes sitting in a school classroom environment very difficult. The Predominantly Inattentive Type has a very hard time sitting in one spot. If the child is sitting in one spot, they usually are moving around in their seat. Also, making noises or talking. There is a lot of fidgeting. Impulsiveness such as a quick reaction to something that before reacting you should think out the consequences. Children with ADHD skip by the consequence step and act out their impulse.

The Combined Type shows symptoms of ADD and ADHD. Your child may not show every single one of the signs and symptoms.

If you suspect your child has ADD or ADHD, the first thing you want to do is talk to your child’s teacher. Find out exactly what is going on in the classroom. The school psychologist can then give your child a sit down test. With this test the psychologist can see how fast his or her brain are moving, how the child sits while testing. All of the information will be recorded for you to give to your doctor. At least three teachers will be asked to fill out forms on how your child is doing in their classroom. They will document many types of behaviors such as does your child raise his or her hand or just blurt out the answer. Most tests will be on a scale of one to three such as mild, moderate, high. You will be given basically the same sheet with the questions that pertain to you and you will mark down the behaviors you see as mild, moderate or high.


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