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Attention Deficit Disorder/ Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder

 
Attention deficit disorder (ADD) is a common condition often diagnosed during childhood. It can be difficult to diagnose if it's mild or it can be more obvious if it's associated with hyperactivity (ADHD). Often, the first indication is a call from a teacher with concerns related to a child's ability to stay on task and complete their school work.
 
Other signs of ADD or ADHD include:
  • Inability to complete a task/assignment or taking excessive amounts of time to complete a task, assignment or homework.
  • Failure to pay close attention to detail and making careless mistakes.
  • Not paying attention to instructions.
  • Not following directions correctly.
  • General disorganization.
  • Easily distracted by external stimuli.
  • Looses thing frequently.
  • Is always on the go.
  • Can't sit still.
  • Impulsive behavior.
  • Talks excessively.
Other learning disabilities may be associated with or mimic ADD/ADHD. For these reasons, it is important to make a proper diagnosis prior to starting treatment. This disorder is often inherited, so parents and siblings may also exhibit similar symptoms.
 
If you have concerns that your child exhibits symptoms of ADD/ADHD, download and print the Vanderbilt Assessment Scale for Parents and the Vanderbilt Assessment Scale for Teacher. Fill out the Parent questionnaire and have one or more teachers fill out the Teacher questionnaire and return them to our office. Below are helpful links and several books that can help answer more of your questions on diagnosing, managing and treating ADD and ADHD.
 
Books about ADD/ADHD
 
Taking Charge of ADD by Russell Barkley 800-365-7006
 
Understanding Girls with ADD by Kathleen Nadeau
 
ADHD and Teens by Colleen Alexander
 
ADHD A Complete and Authoritative Guide by Michael Reiff 888-227-1770
 
Driven to Distraction: Recognizing and Coping with Attention Deficit Disorder from Childhood Through Adulthood by Edward Hallowell
 
Links for ADD/ADHD Information
 
www.chadd.org
www.diagnostic-learning.com
 
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