Sometimes parents can champion a cause that helps the school and earns them superhero status. ..using parental muscle. Step into the phone booth, and I'll tell you the story. At the beginning of the school year, one of our readers was concerned that the school wasn't providing Occupational Therapy for her daughter as was written into her IEP. They asked the teacher about it, and discovered the problem - the district hadn't hired a OT for the … [Read More...]
Today, since it's Veteran's Day in the United States, I thought I'd give you an update our our family's favorite Veteran - Joe. Joe was the most inattentive of our inattentive bunch. He was the reason we heard about the inattentive type of ADHD. His teacher told us that she suspected he had ADHD and we laughed at her. But after researching it, we discovered she was spot on. Fast forward to high school, when Joe looked at me one night and … [Read More...]
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ADHD Inattentive Type
Children with ADHD Inattentive or Distractible type often:
- make careless mistakes because they aren't paying attention to their schoolwork or chores.
- are academically inconsistent. They may understand a subject or concept, but be unable to make a passing grade because of unfinished work, missing assignments, or misunderstood directions. Often their grades range from very high to very low.
- seem "spaced out". They may appear to be paying attention, when in reality they are miles away.
- don't finish work at school or home, not because they are being disobedient, but because they are distracted. Adults often call them lazy or irresponsible.
- are extremely disorganized in their environment and activities. Their book bags, rooms, and desks are always a mess, and they spend inordinate amounts of time looking for things.
- have difficulty beginning activities because they cannot decide which thing to do first.
- lose things. Many times these things are important to academic success: pencils, books, homework, notes, and gym clothes are tops on the list.
- are distracted by noises, movement, or even thoughts.
- wet the bed.
- do not sleep well, and are "up and down" all night.
- have poor handwriting, especially in cursive.
You cannot diagnose your child with ADHD. If you suspect ADHD in your child and feel that it is interfering with academic or social success, contact your physician.
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