ADHD can make things difficult for a child. It can cause a child to have a much more difficult time doing tasks that children without ADHD can perform with relative ease. These tasks include: paying attention to a teacher, focusing on a detailed assignment, or simply having a conversation amid distractions.
People who are unfamiliar with ADHD tend to respond with frustration towards the child with the belief that the child is choosing to ignore them. It is very important to understand this disorder when dealing with a child that has it or one could end up wasting time and possibly doing something counter-productive. ADHD is not a deviant-child syndrome; it is a legitimate condition that was first discussed in the mid 19th century.
When a child has this disorder he or she will show signs of a general lack of attention to important things. This symptom is most noticed in a school environment, as a child with ADHD will have a real problem in staying focused on the teacher and on the assignments. A child with ADHD is extremely easy to distract. Usually the most interesting thing in the room gets the attention of this child. A bird in the window, a leaky faucet, a fly on a desk, and thousands of other things that go un-noticed by children without this condition can make the child with it become totally disengaged with the rest of the class.
Children with ADHD are not incapable of paying attention, but they are far less likely to. It would be incorrect to assume that every example of a child with a lack of attention is a child with ADHD. If the symptoms are established as chronic then a parent should investigate ADHD as a possibility.
There is no cure for ADHD, but it is not impossible for a child to have a happy childhood even with the disorder. It is important to understand that beyond all of the medical terminology and doctor jargon: Your kid is still “normal.”
ADHD does not affect a child’s intelligence or his ability to reason whatsoever. It is just an extra obstacle that a child must learn to manage during the course of his or her life. If left unmanaged, ADHD may also affect your child’s adult life.