About A.D.H.D. and other Special Educational Needs

A few key facts:

Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (A.D.H.D) is a medical condition that was first described by Dr George Still in 1902.It is a Special Educational Need.

It is a condition that can affect children and adults.Unfortunately there is a percentage of undiagnosed adults.

The condition can impact on the individuals:

  • Academic performance
  • Social skills
  • Emotional well being. 

Core Features:

There are different types of A.D.H.D that can have specific features that run alongside the core features of A.D.H.D. The main core features are:

  • Difficulty maintaining concentration/attention, which can affect academic progress.
  • Impulsivity.
  • Poor organisational skills.
  • Varying degrees of hyperactivity.
  • Poor social skills, which can impact on levels of self worth. Poor self worth impacts on emotional well being, which if not addressed can affect mental health.

Identification and management:

There are other conditions that can present like A.D.H.D., but in actual fact are not A.D.H.D. or other conditions that can run parallel with A.D.H.D. 

It is important to ensure that a correct diagnosis is made  by a qualified professional who has a full understanding of the condition.

If A.D.H.D. is undiagnosed or misdiagnosed and not treated appropriately it could have long term consequences for the affected individual.

Treatment can be through appropriate medication which should run alongside Behaviour Management. As recommended by the  the National Institute Of Clinical Excellence (N.I.C.E.)

 

Further information can be found in my book, 'Help me understand A.D.H.D.'.