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05/16/2008 11:11 AM

New Understanding of ADHD!!!!

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According to a recent study by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, about 7.8 percent of children aged 4 to 17 years are currently diagnosed with Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD).This means that most teacher's will likely to have in every class they teach, on average, at least a couple of students with ADHD. Clearly, it is extremely important for each teacher to have a basic grasp of what attention disorders are and what they are not.

Over the years, attention disorders have been known by several names. Currently, educators and medical professionals use different terms to describe this condition. Based upon federal law, educators use the terms ADD and ADHD to differentiate between students who are inattentive and those who are primarily hyperactive, respectively.Doctors diagnose students as having ADHD that is either predominately hyperactive-impulsive, inattentive, or a combination of the two.

Understanding this disorder is not so easy. There are many widespread myths, and scientific understanding of ADHD has changed a lot over recent years. It is now clear that attention disorders are a much more complicatedset of problems than was previously understood..



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