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Dec 7, 2012 06:07 AM kerrberlady wrote:
ADD is attention deficit disorder, it means that they have a hard time staying focused on one thing. This is very different than ADHD which is attention deficit hyperactivity disorder! I hate the term disorder, because it makes people sound like something in them is completely wrong. But ADD is diagnosed through a battery of questions/answers, my son had a brain scan, a psychological exam, etc. Typical signs of ADD are: inability to follow many directions, disorganization, lack of attention(obviously), easily distracted, failure to complete a task. It has absolutely nothing to do with intelligence AT ALL!!! My son who is very bright, was highly disorganized. In elementary we could control this, one class, colored folders, etc. In junior high, all hell broke loose. He had a locker, and things just landed there!! He would go to school, go to his locker throw things in there, haphazardly, and then go to class, not grab what books and folders he needed, didn't take homework with him, etc. It was horrible. He knew the topic,, could do the work if he brought it home, but forgot to turn it in, because that was not what he was focused on. A typical moment in our life was like this: Me, Jason will you get out a can of red beans so I can make the chili, its in the cupboard, by the fridge, third shelf down, in the back. Jason would walk to the cupboard, open it up, and say "what am i looking for?". So I broke it down: Third shelf down, (he'd pull out that shelf/draw), toward the back(he'd look to the back), "it's a can that says red beans or maybe kidney beans(he'd lift the cans till he found it). Too many directions confused him and he couldn't remember what he was doing. This is what it is like for a child or adult with ADD. In a classroom of 5 of these students it's a whole lot of fun, each of them learn in their own way and have managed to survive. I just repeat the directions several times until they do what they need to do.
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