Dealing with Your Child’s Attention Deficit Disorder(ADD)

Dealing with Your Child’s Attention Deficit Disorder(ADD)

Here’s a real conversation overheard in office corridor (first names have been changed):

Jan: What’s wrong, Anna?

Anna: My son’s teacher just called.  She insists we meet today. I don’t think I want to hear what she has to say.

Jan: It’s Adam, isn’t it?  What did he do this time?
Anna: They had a speaker for Science class.  According to the teacher, even before the speaker opened question period, Adam was already raising his hands and blurting out his questions.  And then, when the speaker tried to answer, Adam would interrupt him.  This went on for five minutes until the teacher had to ask someone from the office to take Adam out of the room.  I’m so tired of this.

…sadly, conversations just like this are happening thousands of times a day.  Families are trying to cope with a child, or children, who have ADD; and it’s an uphill challenge for sure.  It’s also a long-term challenge, because 60% of children carry the symptoms of ADD into adulthood.  Doctors Ruth Nass and Fern Leventhal say that conservative estimates put the number of school-age children affected by ADD at 3% to 5%.  Some reports, however, suggest that the number is significantly higher – about 10% to 18%.  Translated into raw figures, that means between 2 and 13 million American children have ADD.  To state it another way, one child in every American classroom has the condition (100 Questions and Answers about Your Child’s Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder, 2005). Symptoms of Childhood ADD Symptoms of childhood ADD can include failure to pay attention in class, committing careless errors in schoolwork or other activities, not listening when spoken to, refusing to join in tasks requiring sustained attention, fre