About attention deficit hyperactivity disorder & how students are affected
A neurobiological attention issue, ADHD can cause students to have great difficulty in school, especially in traditional settings. Kids with ADHD may act without thinking and may have trouble focusing; they often understand what’s expected of them but have trouble following through because they can’t sit still, pay attention, or attend to details. Three primary subtypes of ADHD are recognized:
Predominantly Inattentive Type ADHD (often referred to as ADD)
Predominantly Hyperactive/Impulsive Type (ADHD)
Combined Type ADHD (symptoms of inattentiveness & hyperactivity)
Although the exact causes of ADHD aren’t known, research supports a strong genetic connection. In fact, many parents discover they have ADHD after their children have been diagnosed, as they recognize the symptoms and resulting behaviors in themselves. ADHD symptoms can appear very differently from one person to the next, however. In all cases, though, ADHD impairs a student’s ability to function in various aspects of the his or her life—socially, academically, at home. The good news is that kids with ADHD can learn to successfully live with and manage their attention issues; many even learn to use the positive aspects of ADHD to their advantage.
According to Dr. Clare B. Jones, renowned leader in the field of ADHD, it’s vitally important for a school environment be supportive and accommodative of students with ADHD, since school is such a big part of a child’s day. The Jones-Gordon School goes a step further—our school is designed for students with ADHD and other learning challenges.
“Distractibility: a condition with which [those with ADHD] live, a particularly troublesome one given a culture that appears bent on aggravating it.”
—Nancy Ratey, recognized ADHD expert and author