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What is attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD)?


Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, commonly known as ADHD, is a condition that affects a person’s ability to focus, concentrate, stay on task, stay organized, plan things, stay seated, and think before acting. ADHD has three symptom clusters including inattention, hyperactivity and impulsivity.  It comes in different types including “inattentive type” (some refer to this as “ADD”), “hyperactive/impulsive type” and “combined type” (meaning a combination of inattentive type and hyperactive type).  

Why should I care about ADHD? Because ADHD is one of the most common disorders in children and adolescents, it is important to recognize it as it can be very impairing. More specifically, if it goes unrecognized or untreated, ADHD can lead to behavior issues; school difficulties such as failure and dropping out; substance use; depression and self-esteem problems; anxiety; and sleep difficulties. In adults, it can lead to poor work performance and productivity issues.  

What causes ADHD? Because ADHD is a “brain-behavior” disorder, it is thought that there is a dysfunctional region in the brain, the frontal lobe, which is generally responsible for regulating concentration, organization, planning and impulse control. As a result of the dysfunction, those with ADHD exhibit symptoms such as distractibility, an inability to focus, an inability to sit still, and behavior problems, to name a few. Continue Reading →

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Individual Education Plans left my children isolated, unchallenged



By Jessica Wright

Guest Commentator


I would like to warn parents about the disadvantages of an IEP or Individual Education Plan. My children were educated in the Minnesota Public and Charter School systems. Three of my four sons were placed in IEPs in kindergarten, and in two cases they remained there until high school. Normally, an Individual Education Plan is developed for children with learning disabilities. Over the years, I have witnessed IEPs being used as a “tool” to control children and contain them in classrooms that grow smaller as the level rises. Level 1 is mainstream; this is where there is no IEP required. Continue Reading →

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First steps toward getting help for a child



Having a child with challenging behaviors can at times seem overwhelming. It can seem even more so if the child is having difficulties in school. Parents and caregivers may receive frequent calls or letters from school regarding their child’s behavior, as well as requests to meet with school staff. The following steps can start you on the path to dealing with your child’s challenging behaviors:

Step 1: Start by contacting your child’s teacher. Work to develop a plan to deal with the behavior. Continue Reading →

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