ADD (Attention Deficit Disorder) is the subgroup of ADHD (Attention Deficit and Hyperactivity disorders): it has the same main characteristics, except the one important difference which is that children with ADD are not hyperactive like children with ADHD are.
Attention refers to our ability to continuously direct all our mental capacities to certain activity. So children with ADD lack that ability to continuously focus on one activity. Instead, their attention wanders off to a different subject, some different object or a completely different situation. One phrase that is commonly used to describe people with ADD is ‘creative dreamers’.
Nowadays it’s generally accepted that our attention is something that is biologically determined which means it depends mainly on how our brain functions. Following that definition, ADD is considered to be genetic disorder in which the brain’s capacity to maintain attention is altered. There are also cases where ADD is not caused by strictly biological causes, but can also be attributed to bad family situation or bad parenting, or even there are some cases where the child's natural temperament is such that it’s interested in many various things at once or the child is very intelligent, so it quickly gets bored with repetitive stuff.
ADD, unlike ADHD, is mostly diagnosed during teen years when child shows lack of progress in school because its attention deficit is preventing it from focusing on school matters. Children with ADD are not overly impulsive or hyperactive as to be considered disobedient kids from early stages of development which leads to later ADHD diagnosis.
The main symptoms of attention deficit disorder are:
When child is unable to focus, especially on the school tasks, it might be the case it suffers from so called ‘wandering attention’ which manifests through:
Besides medication treatment which should be considered as a last alternative in the younger children, there are some common sense tips that can help a child to develop a better focus and improve it school success such as:
You have to remember that the child’s attention is not in it’s control, it’s a brain function that varies from person to person. That’s why it makes no sense in punishing or scolding a child for a poor school success because factors out of it’s control are contributing to its school performance.
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