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:
(distractible, forgetful, lack of concentration)
- impulsivity (blurting
out answers, difficulty waiting turns)
(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.
disorder is thought to
be due to developmental and genetic
factors that affect biochemical and
metabolic functions. These P.E.T.
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.
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
and controlling their own behavior. Parents
also benefit from tools and strategies that assist them
in managing their childï¿½s behavior
and promoting positive social skills.
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.
- 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