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Children of divorce

Attention Deficit / Hyperactivity Disorder (AD/HD) 

 

All children are restless and inattentive at times.  However, for children with attention deficit / hyperactivity disorder (AD/HD), these problems are more persistent and result in behavioral difficulties at home, in school, or with friends.  A child with AD/HD displays symptoms in the areas of: 

                         - inattention (distractible, forgetful, lack of concentration)

 - impulsivity (blurting out answers, difficulty waiting turns)

 - hyperactivity (constantly in motion, restless or fidgety). 

When these symptoms cause problems in more than one setting, and have lasted for a considerable time, the child may have attention deficit disorder.  

Attention deficit disorder is thought to be due to developmental and genetic factors that affect biochemical and metabolic functions. These P.E.T. brain scan images show the difference between two individuals, one with and the other without an AD/HD neurological condition.  

Children with ADHD experience their world like a  fast-moving merry-go-round, where sounds, images, and thoughts are constantly shifting.  Distracted by unimportant sights and sounds, their mind jumps from one thought or activity to the next.  They feel easily bored, but helpless to keep their mind on the tasks they need to complete.

Attention disorders and emotional disorders (such as anxiety or depression) often go hand-in-hand, and children with ADHD are at increased risk for learning disabilities and behavioral problems.  

There is no quick treatment for ADHD, but a correct diagnosis lets children and their families move forward in their lives, so they can receive the educational, emotional, and medical help they need.  Children with attention deficit often benefit from special accommodations to help them learn in school, and support in learning techniques for monitoring and controlling their own behavior. Parents also benefit from tools and strategies that assist them in managing their child�s behavior and promoting positive social skills.   

Parents who suspect their child might have ADHD have found it valuable to obtain a psycho-educational assessment that diagnoses the attention deficit disorder and any associated learning challenges or emotional issues, identifies areas of strengths, outlines useful strategies and coping skills, and provides documentation for appropriate school accommodations and teaching strategies that will enable their child to succeed.

Library Resources

Useful LInks

  • ADD Resources - a national non-profit organization that helps people with ADHD achieve their full potential through education, support and networking opportunities 
  • Misunderstood Minds - online companion to PBS documentary on learning differences and disabilities 
  • CHADD Calgary - information and support for parents, children, and adults in Calgary area, who are affected by ADHD