Recognizing ADHD and ADD in Children

ADHD means attention deficit hyperactivity disorder. You know what paying attention is because your parents and teachers tell you to listen to them every day. Paying attention is concentrating on a subject so much that you exclude other topics from your thoughts. Deficit means that that something is less than it needs to be. If you need sixteen dollars to buy a shirt and you only have fourteen that is a deficit. Part of what you need is missing, but you have some of it. Hyperactivity is too much muscle activity. It is being restless. A disorder means that something isn't functioning normally.


When someone has ADHD, he has problems paying attention so it is hard for him to concentrate and learn in school. His mind wanders to other things he wants to do more than usual. It is not the same thing as daydreaming. He is overactive, having a hard time being still when it is necessary. He may also be impulsive. For example, getting up and walking around the classroom when he should stay seated. He may also fidget, that is, move his hands and feet a lot.


ADD means attention deficit disorder. This is a disorder that causes someone to have trouble concentrating, they are easily distracted, but more than someone who is creative and tends to think about creative ideas. If a student has ADD he will have trouble pay attention to his studies. Of course, this causes him to have learning. Some people also are hyperactive, along with having trouble concentrating. This is called ADHD. Some people just say ADD for both.

ADD Symptoms

When a student is easily distracted he will have a hard time finishing tasks. Someone with ADD will also seem forgetful, lose things a lot, find it difficult to follow directions, and seem disorganized. When you think about it, you can see why Add would cause a student to have problems in school. Besides having trouble concentrating, he's forgetful, so he may forget what he was suppose to be doing. He may loose his homework more easily or lose his supplies more often than others.

Following Directions

Following directions is a big part of working on class assignments and taking tests. So having a hard time following directions would harm his ability to do tasks in class. If he is having trouble with organization, then can make it hard to do a science project, write a paper or make a speech Id he was in the band being disorganized would make it hard to learn to play his instrument. Even in sports, organization, following directions, and paying attention are important. Add is a serious condition that has to be medically or therapeutically treated.


It is easy to see that these behaviors would make it hard to do well in school. If the student can't sit still when he needs to and can't easily concentrate on what the teacher is saying or the work he is suppose to be doing, it will be very difficult for him to learn. ADHD is a serious problem that needs to be taken care of medically or therapeutically.


Medication is usually prescribed when a child is diagnosed with ADD or ADHD. The medications are stimulants that activate the mind so that the child can concentrate and stay on task. Many of these medications are abused by adults and teenagers so most are controlled substances. If your child is prescribed ADHD or ADD medicine, give them only the dose they require and keep the medicine locked up. Even if your child is in their teens, it is important to keep the dosage right and to not let the child take the medicine to school. If a dosage is needed during the school day, make an arrangement with the school nurse to give your child the medication. They will keep it locked up in the nurses office.

Coffee Therapy

Coffee or caffeine therapy is sometimes ordered for children afflicted with the disorder. Caffeinated beverages sometimes help the child to become less hyper and to pay closer attention at school. Caffeine is legal, but coffee therapy should be under the guidance of a doctor. It is not unusual for a doctor to prescribe a cup of coffee or even a Mountain Dew to get caffeine into the body to mellow the child out.


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