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  • ADHD stands for attention deficit hyperactivity disorder and is often

  • described as a mental disorder. children with ADHD have trouble paying attention

  • are hyperactive and often have difficulty controlling their behavior. it

  • is estimated that it affects around five percent of all children aged 3 to 17

  • globally and that for every girl around three boys are diagnosed with it. to

  • understand how it affects children in school let's look at the story of Leo, a

  • 12-year-old boy who goes to school with the best intentions but struggles hard

  • to succeed.

  • attention deficit is his biggest problem. Leo gets distracted so easily it happens

  • even when he tries his hardest to focus. he often realizes that he has suddenly

  • zoned out and has spent the last 15 minutes thinking about something

  • entirely different. just the tiniest thing can get him off track. to him it

  • feels like his brain is broken. he is also forgetful books and homework

  • are often left at home and if he doesn't miss an assignment he often loses it

  • somewhere or forgets to turn it in. his grades are terrible and some teachers

  • are beginning to think that he is a lost case.

  • then there is his hyperactivity: when they have to do group work he is

  • restless and has trouble staying focused. staying calm and listening while others

  • speak can completely drain him, making any normal conversation a serious

  • challenge. to him it feels like there is no capacity left in his brain to deal

  • with all the input that needs to be processed.

  • he then feels angry about not being able to follow along. to help cope with his

  • hyperactivity he likes to keep his hands busy all the time.

  • last, there is his impulsive behavior: he often cannot refrain from saying things

  • that come to his mind. sometimes he tries hard to control himself but then just

  • blurts out and interrupts others. his classmates find this annoying. he leader

  • regrets his hot-headed behavior but he knows that unfortunately, he will do it

  • again and again. it seems to him that he can't learn from his mistakes.

  • teachers get frustrated trying to get him to behave. others become impatient,

  • give up or distance themselves. after he is diagnosed and receives support

  • through concrete steps, things begin to get better: at school, he is seated next

  • to a supportive student in the front row of the class, he gets a notebook that

  • lists all his assignments to help him remember and to make homework easier to

  • track he receives it for all subjects only once a week. to relax he is allowed

  • to use fidget objects during lessons and take short breaks when needed. after

  • school he practices speaking and listening routines with the specialist.

  • additionally, his dad bikes with him to school every morning and in the

  • afternoon he is allowed to play the ball as long as he wishes. for severe cases of

  • ADHD prescription drugs are often prescribed. before that happens

  • children like Leo need to undergo a professional age-appropriate diagnosis

  • by a child psychologist who will try to look below the surface.

  • ADHD could just be the tip of the iceberg the root cause might be drama at

  • home, bullying at school, poor sleep or the wrong diet. Sir Ken Robinson told the

  • story of Gillian Lynne, an 8-year-old girl that was said to have a learning

  • disorder. she could not concentrate and never sat still. when she was brought to

  • the specialist who didn't subscribe any therapy but instead played music on the

  • radio, the girl started dancing. he then told her mother: "Gillian isn't sick, she's

  • a dancer. take her to a dance school!" Gillian Lynne later became a famous

  • dancer and then responsible for some of the most successful musicals in Broadway

  • history. please share your thoughts in the comments below. if you are

  • hyperactive or if you are diagnosed with ADHD please tell us about your coping

  • mechanisms so we can learn more about it from reading your insights. if you want

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ADHD at School: Symptoms, Problems and Solutions

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