ADHD Essay Final Project - 1 ADHD in Children Shauna Wright...

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1 ADHD in Children Shauna Wright Com/150 November 21, 2009 Mindi Cooper
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2 ADHD is thought to be overly diagnosed in children in the past few years. According to the CDC, (Center for Disease Control and Prevention), as of April 2, 2009, 5 million children between the ages of three and seventeen years old have been diagnosed with ADHD. That is 8 percent of the children aged 3 to 17 years. Eleven percent of those children were boys and 4.8 percent were girls. ADHD is attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder, and is typically diagnosed after a child has shown six or more specific symptoms on a regular basis for more than six months in more than two settings. There is no single test for ADHD. There are standard guidelines that a doctor can use in order to diagnose ADHD in children. The diagnosis involves the gathering of information from several sources, including school, caregivers, and parents. The doctor will consider how a child’s behavior compares to that of other children of the same age. (Cleveland Clinic 2002) ADHD is not a handicap or a disability, children with ADHD can and usually do function just as well as any other child, with the correct medications and diets. Children who have ADHD are often very bright, and absorb all kinds of information. There are many symptoms of ADHD, they are: child makes careless mistakes, fails to give close attention to details, has a hard time following instructions, talks too much, , moves around too much, can’t wait his or her turn, and interrupts others. These are all symptoms of ADHD, but they are also symptoms of a normal preschooler or an immature five year old. It’s important to consider the child you
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3 are thinking about, especially his age and developmental level. (“ADHD Symptoms,” 2009, para. 1, 2 ). For a child to have ADHD the symptoms should be causing an impairment for your child. This means that the symptoms are causing your child to have some trouble learning, participating in after-school activities, functioning at home, or trouble making and keeping friends. It can be a bit easier to understand the symptoms of ADHD if you think of them as being grouped into three categories, including children who: have trouble paying attention, are hyperactive, and are impulsive or doing things that without really thinking about them, for example, jumping off a really high wall just because someone told them they couldn’t, or because they like the “rush” they get from it. There are three kinds of ADHD. They are :
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