ADHD and what to look out for
Inattention in school
Demonstrates difficulty organizing work - Disorganized desk or bag that is in disarray, papers that are shoved into the bag or miss filed.
Often loses things - Is always in want of items like pens and books and constantly hunting for them.
Easily distracted - Is always looking at what others are doing and any noise or activity pulls the student away from the task at hand.
Hyperactivity/Impulsivity in school
Always busy – Always moving whether swinging of the legs, rocks the chair or shifting in the seat.
Inappropriately leaves the seat – Has a tendency to not sit and instead wanders around and prefers to stand.
Cannot wait their turn – Shows disruptive and frustrated behavior when has to wait in que and will instead interrupt by shouting out answers.
ADHD in adolescents
ADHD tends to persist into adulthood where 60% carry symptoms into adulthood but there are noticeable changes in its manifestation. With adolescents there is more inner mental restlessness as opposed to observable high activity. Disorganization, problems concentrating and poor time management also are noticed. A few examples of this are when the individual rarely has books or materials for class. Also has issues with delivering assignments on time. There will also be problems with listening and taking notes during a lecture.
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