What is ADHD?
Attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) is a neurodevelopmental condition affecting children and adults. It is characterized by difficulties in the areas of attention, impulsivity/distractibility, and hyperactivity. (American Psychiatric Association, 2013)
Almost 10% of students in Virginia have a diagnosis of ADHD. (Centers for Disease Control, 2013).
Attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) is the current diagnostic label for a condition that has been recognized and studied for over a century. Over the years, it has been known by several other names including "brain damaged syndrome," "minimal brain dysfunction (MBD)," "hyperkinetic impulsive disorder," and "attention deficit disorder (ADD)." (Barkley, 2013, Brown, 2013).
There is a tremendous body of scientific literature documenting the reality of this condition. (Barkley, 2013; Brown, 2006; CHADD, NCLD, National Resource Center on ADHD). ADHD is a serious condition. As a group, students with ADHD tend to have lower reading achievement, take fewer advanced classes, experience more grade retention, and drop out of school before graduation more than groups of students without ADHD (Barkley, 2013). Read More About ADHD...
Materials from the Professional Learning Day