Definition & facts

Children With Developmental Challenges 3(2+1)

Lesson 22 : Neuro-Biological Disability -ADD

Definition & facts

Attention Deficit disorder (ADD) is characterized by developmentally inappropriate attention skills, impulsivity and in some cases hyperactivity. ADD is a neuro-biological disability that affects up to 3% of schoolchildren. Without early identification and proper treatment ADD can have serious consequences including school failure, school dropout, depression, conduct disorder, failed relationships and even substance abuse.

Important facts

  • Approximately 3% of school age children have ADD
  • A thorough evaluation can help determine whether attention deficits are due to ADD or to other factors
  • ADD children are best treated with multi-modal approach. Best results are obtained when medication, behaviour management programs, educational intervention, parent-training and counseling, are used together to help the child ADD.
  • Teachers play an important role in helping the child with ADD, by adjusting the work demands, class room procedures, and self esteem issues.
  • ADD is often a life long disorder requiring life long intervention. Both families and children need continued support and understanding.
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