Attention Deficit / Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD)

Children With Developmental Challenges 3(2+1)

Lesson 23 : Neurobiological Disorders- ADHD

Attention Deficit / Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD)

Children with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) have problems with attention, controlling their impulses, trouble completing tasks and may be hyperactive. They often have other problems, such as learning difficulties, making friends, oppositional behaviour, anxiety and ill-health that may need to be looked into. It is hard for these children to control their behavior and or pay attention.


  • ADHD is a persistent pattern of inattention or hyperactivity/impulsivity manifested in academic, employment or social situations.
  • It is marked in school settings by careless mistakes and disorganized work. Students often have difficulty concentrating on and completing tasks, frequently shifting from one uncompleted activity to another.
  • In social situations, inattention may be apparent by frequent shifts in conversation, poor listening comprehension, and not following the details or rules of games and other activities.
  • Symptoms of hyperactivity may take the form of restlessness and difficulty with quiet activities.
  • ADHD arises during childhood and is attributed neither to gross neurological, sensory, language, or motor impairment nor to mental retardation or severe emotional disturbance.
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