How ADHD Affects Children

My research question was: How does ADHD affect children? I was interested in learning what ADHD is and how it affects children. I was interested in this topic because I wanted to know why children with ADHD had so much difficulty focusing in school or interacting with other people without getting distracted. My research topic relates to Temple Grandin’s chapter “From the Margins to the Mainstream” in The Autistic Brain because the chapter was mostly talking about how to overcome the struggles that disabilities can cause and how to find your strengths and use them to your advantage. ADHD has many symptoms that can make children hyperactive, impulsive, impatient, and distracted which affects how they learn in a “normal” classroom setting and interact with their peers.

ADHD or Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder causes children to have many symptoms that have a negative effect on them and the people around them. The majority of kids with ADHD have other troubles related with their condition such as a learning disability, Tourette syndrome, oppositional defiant disorder, conduct disorder, anxiety and depression, or even bipolarity (source #4). There are three major symptom categories which are inattentive, hyperactive, and impulsive (source #2). Some children can be inattentive but not hyper or impulsive, others can be hyperactive and impulsive but can focus, and finally the child could be inattentive, hyperactive, and impulsive which is the most common form of ADHD (source #1). All of these categories can result in the kid not focusing and distracting other children in their class because of what they are doing. Children with ADHD are constantly moving, climbing or playing unsafely, talking excessively, can’t relax or sit still, and can be short tempered (source #1).  A lot of people think that their child may act like that because they are young and just want to play, and it could be like that but if they have most of the symptoms of ADHD they should go to the doctor and see if their child does have ADHD or if it really just is age. ADHD does have a lot of negative effects on your child but just because sitting still and listening quietly isn’t your kids fortee it doesn’t mean that they don’t have other strengths that don’t relate to school such as sports, arts and crafts, or even cooking.

In addition ADHD can make your child have lots of impatience, distractions, and trouble making friends.  Sometimes if kids are shy they can have trouble making friends or talking to new people but a lot of kids with ADHD have trouble making friends since they have sudden outburst of energy and they need to talk a lot about anything that is on their mind.  Children with ADHD can also be violent sometimes which can cause other kids to not talk to them or play with them. ADHD can make kids be very demanding and stubborn without realizing especially when it comes to waiting or taking turns using objects they want for themselves (source #3).  ADHD isn’t something that affects your child’s ability to do things they enjoy it just makes it a little more difficult for your child to find something they enjoy and could become a strength.

In conclusion ADHD does have a lot of negative side effects but you can work with your child to try and resolve them and let them know that just because they have a disabilities they can’t have other abilities that aren’t related to school.  Temple Grandin has autism and she knew how to use it to her advantage and she even went to college even after doctors doubted she would even learn to speak, because of her and her study field and invention cows get killed in a more humane way than before. Encourage the people around you to keep going and try harder even if they don’t have ADHD or any disability that makes things more difficult for them. ADHD includes lots of bad things that can make your child get in trouble and simply because they can’t control their disability and just sit still or not hit anybody or just wait patiently because if doing that is hard for a child with no disability it will be a lot more difficult for a kid that does have an Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder.

Works Citations

B., Martin. Problems Related to ADHD. Psych Central, 6 March 2017.

https://psychcentral.com/lib/problems-related-to-adhd. Accessed 6 March 2017.

Bhandari, Smitha. Symptoms of ADHD. WebMD, 17 June 2015.

http://www.webmd.com/add-adhd/guide/adhd-symptoms?scrlybrkr#1. Accessed 6 March 2017.

Morin, Amanda. 5 Ways ADHD Can Affect Your Child. Understood.org, 2014.

https://www.understood.org/en/learning-attention-issues/child-learning-disabilities/add-adhd/5-ways-adhd-can-affect-your-childs-social-life.  Accessed 6 March 2017.

Smith, Melinda. ADHD or ADD in Children. Help Guide, December 2016.

https://www.helpguide.org/articles/add-adhd/attention-deficit-disorder-adhd-in-children.htm. Accessed 2 March 2017.
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