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ADHD and School: Tips for Parents 18 Apr 2013 23:00 #90

ADHD and School: Tips for Parents
Posted by Rebecca Hill

Your son’s teacher just called. He’s not paying attention in class and his grades are beginning to show it. He has trouble focusing on the day’s lesson and is disruptive. Plus he had a meltdown, something that has happened more than once.

These behaviors may be a normal part of a child’s development, or they could be caused by Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder. According to the American Psychiatric Association, ADHD affects approximately 3 percent to 7 percent of all children in the United States, with boys diagnosed about three times as often as girls. If you suspect that your child has ADHD, don’t worry. An evaluation will be needed to determine whether your child has ADHD; if he does, he can still do as well in school and in life as kids without the disorder.

ADHD can appear as hyperactivity and impulsivity, inattentiveness, or a combination of these. Generally ADHD symptoms emerge by age 7, but often parents fail to see their child’s behavior as unusual because they haven’t compared it with that of other children. That’s why most diagnoses are made after school starts, when the teacher, viewing a child’s behavior in relation to his classmates, may recommend that he be evaluated by professionals.


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