“ADHD is a brain style that should be incorporated, not accommodated, into our learning and work environments.” ~ Kirsten Milliken
If you are a teacher, mentor, coach, tutor or another type of educator who works with kids (even big kids), you may have noticed among your students some individuals who frequently tend to “space out” or daydream when you are talking. Or maybe they can’t stay seated, blurt out answers, talk to a nearby friend, or act out. Some of these individuals are quiet but unfocused, while others can be downright disruptive.
While your initial thought might be that these students are just undisciplined, you might also wonder if they have ADHD (Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder). Watch the video below to start learning about what ADHD is and how to manage it in a learning environment.
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ADHD Research Says:
- The average age of onset is 5 for severe ADHD, 7 for moderate symptoms, and 8 for mild symptoms.
- About 30 to 60 percent of patients diagnosed with ADHD in childhood continue to be affected into adulthood.
- Recent studies indicate that as many as 40% of the ADHD kids may not be hyperactive.
- Research suggests that children and teens with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder may lag 20% to 40% behind children without ADHD developmentally.
- Among Kids with ADHD, about 60% are male, and about 40% are female.
- 40% of youth with diagnosable (but not necessarily diagnosed) ADHD symptoms don’t get treatment.
- About 80 percent of children who need medication for ADHD still need it as teenagers.
- 40% of children who have ADHD have at least one parent who has ADHD.
ADHD in School
- On average, every classroom of 30 students has 1 to 3 children with ADHD.
- 21% of teens with ADHD skip school repeatedly.
- 35% of teens with ADHD eventually drop out of school.
- 45% of teens with ADHD have been suspended.
- 30% of teens with ADHD have failed or had to repeat a year of school.
- Kids with ADHD are more likely to bully other kids.
Other Problems that accompany ADHD
- It is estimated that at least 65% of children with ADHD have one or more comorbid conditions, including mood disorders, behavior disorders, neurodevelopmental disorders and learning disorders.
- 1 in 4 students with ADHD has other serious learning disabilities in one or more of these areas: oral expression, listening skills, reading comprehension, and math.
- 50% of children who have ADHD also have sleep problems.
- Substance abuse is 3 to 4 times greater than the national average for those with untreated ADHD.
- Girls with ADHD are 3 times more likely to be treated for a mood disorder before receiving their ADHD diagnosis.
- Girls with ADHD have 5.6 times higher rates of bulimia and 2.7 times higher chances of developing anorexia.
You Should Know
The main symptoms of ADHD are inattention, hyperactivity and impulsivity. Of course all kids occasionally have trouble paying attention, staying in their seats, and waiting their turn. Kids should only be diagnosed with ADHD if their behavior is much more extreme in these areas than other kids their age. Realize that there may be other factors, such as anxiety, sleep disorders, poor diet, trauma, other learning problems, and some medical conditions that can cause symptoms that look like ADHD.
As a teacher, a child’s diagnosis can inform some of your teaching strategies. But a diagnosis does not tell you the whole picture. Kids with ADHD do not all have the same challenges, strengths, and learning styles. Like every other student, it’s important that you get to know them as individuals, to build a positive relationship with them so you can effectively help them to build their knowledge and skills.
For more information about the symptoms of ADHD
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Other Reliable Resources
- Teachers can find over 500 classroom interventions to help children be successful in school at http://www.ADDinSchool.com
- CHADD has a Teacher to Teacher program to give educators practical strategies and resources to work with students with ADHD.
- The Learning Disabilities Association of America gives you crucial resources and up-to-date information on learning disabilities.
- Their teaching and learning section is an invaluable resource.
- Child-Mind Institute offers strategies that have been shown to help kids behave successfully — making the learning environment better for everyone.