Attention Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (AD/HD) is a neurological condition that is often miss-categorized as a Learning Disability. While it will certainly affect an individuals ability to learn it is fundamentally different from a Learning Disability in its characteristics, scope, classification and diagnosis. That being said LDANL routinely works with families affected by AD/HD and will happily continue to do so.
AD/HD is a chronic neurological condition characterized by (1) inattention, (2) impulsiveness, and (3) hyperactivity. Inattention refers to the child’s inability to concentrate on a task. Impulsiveness is the tendency to respond quickly without thinking through the consequences of an action. Hyperactivity refers to behavior that is described as a constant, driving motor activity in which a child races from one endeavor or interest to another. Many individuals with AD/HD show problems in each of these areas, but some will have only one or two of these behaviours (Silver, 2006; Ellison, 2006).
Children with AD/HD have difficulty staying on task, focusing attention, and completing their work. Roughly one half of all children with AD/HD have a co-occurring learning disability. They are easily distracted, rushing from one idea or interest to another, and they may produce work that is sloppy and carelessly executed. They give the impression that they are not listening or have not heard what they have been told. Children with AD/HD have attention problems, impulsive behavior, and problems with hyperactivity. They often display symptoms of age-inappropriate behaviour.
We would recommend the following resources for more information on AD/HD, however the information provided on these websites is for informational purposes only and is not intended to be professional medical advice, diagnosis, treatment or care. Never disregard professional medical advice or delay in seeking it because of something you have read on these websites.