A diagnosis of ADHD (attention Deficit Hyperactive Disorder) is not uncommon to a few people. Estimates show that there are about 2 million children of school age in America that suffer from ADHD.It is believed that in every classroom across North America, there can be found at least one child who is suffering from poor grades and an inability to pursue adequate social relationships.
It is not known how ADHD comes about. However, it should be understood that ADHD has absolutely nothing to do with genetics. The National Institute of Health Consensus Development and the American Academy of Pediatrics reported in 2000, that ADHD had not identified genetic basis. Parents have not done anything to cause a child to have developed ADHD attributes. It is also not a learning disability. In fact, ADHD acts like a barrier that interferes with an individual’s ability to be attentive and therefore leads to poor social relationships and work habits.
Experts have formulated solutions that can be tried to support parents and help ADHD sufferers overcome their situation. It is also very important for teachers to learn as much as they can about the disability so that they can better relate to students that suffer from ADHD and be more ready in lesson planning and differentiation of subject. For, to misunderstand ADHD or to have very little or no knowledge of it, is to add to the confusion and frustration that sufferers have.
A rush to use drugs as a quick fix for ADHD sufferers is strongly discouraged. If the long-term effects of any drug is not known, it is unwise to administer such a drug to a child. Although there are overarching desires for students to be able to improve their grades, there is no certainty that drugs would do that. A study in Vol. 52, No. 8, August 2003, journal of Family Practice, Louis McCormick, M.D., wrote: “While psycho stimulants showed a short-term decrease in symptoms, they did not improve grades.”
A study at a university in Ohio found that ADHD diagnosed students who engaged in Karate exercises were found to be better able to control their focus and behaviours more than similar students who did not engage in related sports. Provide activity that engages all the child’s thinking and movement; add variety and personal interest projects and be supportive and patient. The child is not willfully and intentionally behaving inappropriately to cause anyone harm.