- Does ADHD affect learning?
Attention Deficit Disorder with Hyperactivity (ADHD) is a common condition that affects a child’s ability to focus, pay attention, remember directions, and manage more than one task at a time accompanied by hyperactive and impulsive behavior problems. ADHD can interfere with learning, and, understandably, many parents worry about their child’s academic performance (Related post: Is Your Child Struggling Academically at School?)
If your child has been diagnosed with ADHD, you probably have many questions about how you can help him, or her reach their full potential. Parents should know that there are effective educational therapies and tools available to help children and teens learn successfully with ADHD.
- Is ADHD a mental illness or learning disability?
ADHD is a neurodevelopmental disability that affects mental processes related to executive function in the frontal lobe of the brain that allow us to manage time, pay attention, plan, organize, remember things, adapt behavior based on past experiences, and multitask. ADHD is not a learning disability, but a large percentage of children diagnosed with ADHD do have an accompanying learning disorder that may be impacted by ADHD symptoms. Additionally, under the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA), students with ADHD can qualify for special education services.
- Is ADHD a developmental disability?
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), ADHD is a developmental disability because it is a condition that impairs behavior and impacts a person’s ability to function in daily life. Many people with ADHD indeed have above average IQs but are easily distracted and struggle to focus on and complete tasks presented to them. A child with ADHD may forget to do their homework, may have trouble making friends at school, and may be more prone to making mistakes, all of which can affect their ability to achieve certain developmental milestones. While your child will not grow out of ADHD, there are educational strategies that can improve concentration and allow them to advance with their peers.
- What are effective teaching strategies for students with ADHD?
There are many effective teaching strategies and interventions that can help students with ADHD, including techniques to train memory and attention, executive function, self-regulation, and organizational skills. These are called brain training and are designed to improve cognitive functions affected by ADHD for enhanced learning ability. Professionals with experience teaching students with ADHD can provide them with skills that will help them improve their academic performance.
- Are there ADHD programs to help my child in school?
Many students with ADHD make great strides academically and socially thanks to advanced software programs designed to help people with various types of attention deficit disorders. One such program that has been extremely effective for ADHD is called Interactive Metronome. This program utilizes rhythm and movement to train the brain’s neural synchronization, improving attention span, processing and response times, language decoding, impulse behaviors, reading comprehension, and much more. Studies have found that just fifteen hours of Interactive Metronome training drastically reduced struggles related to ADHD symptoms.
- How can Encinitas Learning Center help your child diagnosed with ADHD?
Encinitas Learning Center employs a team of highly trained and compassionate teachers who dedicate themselves to helping students achieve educational and social goals using proven educational therapy strategies and programs that enhance learning. We have worked with many students struggling with ADHD over the years and have seen vast improvements occur within a matter of weeks. The power of brain training techniques and a supportive learning environment can completely change how students see themselves and can enhance their academic performance. Our teachers take a personal approach and provide one-on-one brain training to help each student gain confidence academically and socially to make a lasting difference in their lives.
Don’t let an ADHD diagnoses affect your child’s learning success when there is a team of dedicated teachers who can give them the keys to unlock their full potential. Call us today for a free consultation about your child’s learning needs.
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