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Understanding ADHD

Understanding ADHD

We all have students who seem to have boundless energy, struggle to focus, or forget assignments. Understanding ADHD can equip us to better support these amazing learners!

What is ADHD?

Imagine your brain is like a symphony orchestra. Different sections work together to create beautiful music – processing information, controlling impulses, and staying focused. In students with ADHD, some sections might be a little louder or quieter than usual, making it harder for the orchestra to play in harmony. This can lead to challenges with focus, hyperactivity, or impulsivity. However, it's important to remember that ADHD is a spectrum, and every child experiences it differently.

The Three Subtypes of ADHD:

There are three main subtypes of ADHD, each with its own unique presentation:

• Predominantly Inattentive Presentation: These students might daydream a lot, have trouble following instructions, or lose track of belongings. They may appear calm, but their minds are busy elsewhere.

• Predominantly Hyperactive-Impulsive Presentation: These students have a lot of energy, might fidget or talk excessively, and struggle to wait their turn. They might seem restless and have difficulty sitting still for long periods.

• Combined Presentation: This is the most common type, where students experience symptoms from both inattentive and hyperactive-impulsive presentations.

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