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Reunna WolffENG-105August 18, 2014R. FoyThe Impact of ADHD on a Child’s Academic SchoolingStudents who have Attention Deficit Hyperactive Disorder (ADHD) may experience more difficulties with their academic performance than their nondisabled classmates. Although school can create many challenges for children with the disorder, they can eventually overcome every obstacle to succeed academically. Depending on the severity of the issue, ADHD can greatly affecta child’s schooling. For a parent to help their child, they need to look at how ADHD affects schooling, the symptoms and treatment, and eventually, how to help their child be successful in the classroom.School creates many challenges for students with ADD/ADHD, but with persistence and an effective plan, children can succeed in the classroom. “A child with ADHD may be easily distracted by peers, sounds, or even artwork on classroom walls,” this can result in difficulties of concentrating on schoolwork and listening to instructions (Attention Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD), 2010). It takes numerous tests for a child to be diagnosed with this disorder, but for them to receive help; they need to be properly diagnosed. Students are usually identified after they continuously demonstrate a failure to comprehend, follow rules or finish essential tasks; other reasons may include numerous classroom disruptions and poor school performance (Identifying and Treating, 2009). This can result in a student with this disorder having failing grades, and would eventually fall behind in class. According to the article “How ADHD Affects Learning,” studies have “found that students with ADHD, compared to students without ADHD, 1
had persistent academic difficulties that resulted in the following: lower average marks, more failed grades, more expulsions, increased dropout rates, and a lower rate of college undergraduatecompletion” (Identifying and Treating, 2009). Students with ADHD have to overcome major obstacles to prevent their disorder from having a negative impact on ADHD.For a child to be diagnosed with ADHD, they have to present certain symptoms, before they can be treated. ADHD affects each child’s brain in a different way, so every case can look very differently in a classroom setting (Segal & Smith, 2014). This is probably why there are different types of this disorder, and not every child will have the same symptoms. Children with this neurodevelopmental disorder display a variety of symptoms such as, being distracted, interrupts, and has trouble following directions (Segal & Smith, 2014). According to the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI), children with ADHD even “have trouble paying attention to details and are often caught daydreaming (ADHD and School, n.d.). They also have a difficult time waiting their turn in while in line, giving an answer during class, or waiting their turn while playing games.