Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD)

  • Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) is a disorder of executive functioning which affects a student's ability to attend to instruction, focus on schoolwork, plan and solve problems.  Children with ADHD may also have difficulty sitting still, may be impulsive, and may have difficulties regulating their emotions or behaviors. 

    Identification of ADHD requires input from a variety of sources including parents, teachers, other professionals, and the student him/herself.  A student's attention span can be affected by a variety of factors, such as chronological age, fatigue, diet, emotional stress, or peers.  However, children with ADHD have chronic and pervasive difficulties which can significantly impact their academic and social functioning.  

    If you suspect your child has difficulties with attention or focus in school, your first step should be to talk to your child's teacher.  Each building has a system in place to support students who are struggling, and parents are an integral part of this process. The school psychologist in your building can consult with you and your child's teachers on strategies. Children with ADHD sometimes need supports in school, ranging from seating accommodations, test modifications, and positive behavior support plans, to enable them to do well. 

    Helpful information and strategies for parents: http://www.naspcenter.org/parents/adhd_2004.html