Attention Deficit Disorder (ADD) and Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) are terms used to describe patterns of behaviour that appear most often in school-aged children, though can be found in adults. Typically, children with these learning disabilities are: inattentive, overly impulsive and, in the case of ADHD, hyperactive. As a result, outside of their cognitive control they have difficulty sitting still, attending to one thing for a long period of time, and may appear overactive.
ADD and ADHD are behavioural disabilities that have an impact on a child’s ability to learn because they reduce a child’s ability to pay attention. This behaviour is often seen as disobedience, or acting out, when in fact the behaviour is not entirely controlled by the child.
When recognized, a variety of teaching strategies can be implemented to support the ADD/ADHD student. At Heritage Academy, we have experience working with ADD/ADHD students at all grade levels.