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Attention-Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder
 
(ADHD or ADD)

ADHD

What is ADHD or ADD?
ADHD / ADD is a common behavioral disorder that affects an estimated 8% to 10% of school-age children.
Boys are about three times more likely than girls to be diagnosed with it .

Children with ADHD act without thinking, are hyperactive, and have trouble focusing.
They understand what's expected of them.
They have trouble following through because they can't sit still, pay attention, or attend to details.

Many children act this way at times, particularly when they're anxious or excited.
Children with ADHD show these symptoms over a longer period of time and occur in different settings.
They impair a child's ability to function socially, academically, and at home.

How to help children with ADHD /  ADD
Structure
the child’s environment in such a way as to support routines, promote organization
regarding time, space, and activity, and decrease disruptive distractions.
Set limits that are
appropriate and consistent with age.
Retain a positive, enjoyable relationship with the child.
Encourage his/her self-esteem.
Help the child develop appropriate social behaviours with peers and adults outside of school in both one-to-one and small group settings.

Parents may have difficulty carrying out the activities outlined above because they themselves have ADHD and/or
another condition (e.g., depression, anxiety, substance abuse).

If you suspect you may have ADHD / ADD try the following self-check test.



Test Yourself