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ISU topic: Inactive Attention Deficit Disorder in Children By: Diana Thai INTRPDUCTION: Attention Deficit Disorder (A.D.D) has had immense media coverage over recent decades, making it one of the most known disorders among children. Although the media coverage may have broadened public awareness about the disorder; it is also responsible for a proliferation of false assumptions, myths and misconceptions about A.D.D, and the methods used to treat it. (Wender, 2000, p. 5) As awareness spreads, so does the tendency of uninformed people to claim that any child with a short attention span A.D.D. (Wender, 2000, p. 7) Because the symptoms of this disorder are so common among children, it is difficult to decide which child actually has the disorder. (Rief, 1998, p. 7). There are three types of A.D.D: inactive, hyperactive, and impulsivity. (Sheen, 2001, p. 12) The aim of this report is to accurately summarize the symptoms of inactive A.D.D, and educate the public of the realities behind the myths. Furthermore, it will outline the possible causes and challenges a student with inactive A.D.D faces, as well as practical solutions used to deal with these challenges. This report will refer to inactive A.D.D, simple as A.D.D. There are many limitations to studying children with A.D.D, one major one being that many children with the disorder are not reported. ...read more.


(Rief, 2003, p. 56) IDENTIFYING CHILDREN WITH A.D.D: Many people assume there is a simple test for A.D.D, however, all children are unique and specific documentation is collected and analyzed. For example, school reports. (Conners, 1999, p. 85) The Canadian Psychiatric Association provides guidelines to identify A.D.D children. Although all A.D.D children are unique, these guidelines provide a set of common standards by which professionals can make a diagnosis. Some of the guidelines include the following, "A. A disturbance of six months or more, during which most of the following behaviours are present. The child: * Often fidgets with hands or feet or squirms in seat * Has difficulty remaining seated * Is easily distracted by extraneous stimuli * Has difficulty following through on instructions from others (not due to oppositional behaviour or failure to understand) * Often loses things necessary for tasks or activities at school or at home (for example toys, pencils, books, assignments). B. Onset of these problems occurs before the age of seven." These guidelines are often referred to by professionals such as teachers and counselors who suspect children with A.D.D. Although, children with A.D.D are usually described as having a short attention span and easily distracted, the words attention and distracted are not synonymous. (Fowler, 2000) The word distracted refers to a short attention span and difficulty to focus and finish a task. ...read more.


CONCLUSION: The aim of this report was to provide a good introduction to A.D.D and issues surrounding the disorder. Society has established a set of standards for its children; specific levels of performance and achievements are expected of children, such as proper public behaviour and education. (Ingersoll and Goldstein, 1993, p. 209) Those who have attention problems often cannot grasp information, thus disappoint them and those around them; despite their efforts. Constant disappointment can lead to devastating emotional consequences, thus caregivers must constantly provide positive responses. (Sheen, 2001, p 32) Children with A.D.D represent a large percent of children in general, creating enough information to provide a guideline to identify who has A.D.D and who does not. Teachers must approach their lessons with a creative mind and capture the attention of children with A.D.D. (Sheen, 2001, p. 68) It is challenging for the sufferer as well as those around him or her, thus they must work together to ensure that the child is learning to his/her full potential. Even though it is challenging, caregivers should not spend time and money without being informed of the issues surrounding A.D.D. Since there is no "cure" to this disorder, there are different methods used to treat it. Although the symptoms of A.D.D sufferers may sound very difficult to deal with and different from the seemingly average person, with the right information and treatment, a child with A.D.D is, for the most part, able to live a "regular" life. ...read more.

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