My research topic was ADHD (Attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder). I was, and still am interested in this topic because a lot of people have it and I wanted to learn more about how it can affect people in a school environment. I also wanted to know why it can make people struggle in school. What is ADHD and how do people cope with it in school? This connects to Temple Grandin’s chapter From the Margins to the Mainstream because she mentions ADHD and how it can be hard for them to be basically understood. What are some ways that they can be successful in spite of having ADHD? ADHD is a type of deficit disorder and it can cause inattentiveness, impulsive behavior, and hyperactivity. In a school environment it can be hard to fit in, but there are ways to cope with it.
ADHD is a brain disorder that can cause inattentiveness, impulsive behavior, and hyperactivity. Doctors have found that these factors can make it hard to focus or pay attention (Mayo Clinic Staff). When you have impulsive behavior it basically means you take action, then think later. Impulsivity can cause a lot of problems because you don’t think about what the consequences are of doing the action. At school this is a major setback because in class kids may be talkative and just do things that make them feel good in the moment but later on they might feel bad about the choice they made because the teacher will scold them. Doctors and therapists have said that kids with ADHD are often seen as “difficult” or “defiant” due to the way that they behave and how they can lack self control (Mayo Clinic Staff). People with ADHD tend to have those labels put on them because of their hyperactivity and impulsiveness. When you are always hyper it can cause you to be inattentive too and that causes kids to fall behind in school. It can be really hard for them in school because of the feeling of nobody being able to understand them or that people are always on their backs correcting them. Kids with ADHD are often “unorganized” (ADHD and School). This is another factor that can play into having an unpleasant experience with teachers because they’re wondering why you can’t keep up with your papers they gave you or why you can’t remember to bring your homework. ADHD can cause you to fall behind in class because of the lack of paying attention and being too hyper.
You can cope with ADHD by working with yourself and not giving up. It’s more difficult for kids with ADHD to even have motivation so it can be hard to get them to do things they don’t want to do (Alyson McNutt English). This means that they actually have to want to change their behavior for themselves. A way to cope with ADHD is trying to be more organized. You can be more organized by creating a to do list for the day so you have a plan for the day and you won’t forget what to do. For example people have made shopping lists so they don’t forget what they need. If you communicate with your teachers that you need an accommodation such as your lessons being recorded or Power Points sent to you by email they can work with you. Something that can help you to remember to do all of these things is medication. Medication can help you to stay on track and not forget the things you have to do. Doctors have found that medication helps kids be more organized (Valerie Strauss). You always have to have motivation though. You can’t go into something and not try your best. It will be hard but you can’t give up on yourself. If you have gotten this far keep going. Overall good ways to cope with ADHD are keeping yourself organized by creating lists and if it’s hard to keep those plans going then try medication.
In conclusion, when I did my research I found that people who have ADHD can struggle in school because it requires you to focus and since kids with ADHD have a hard time focusing in classes they can fall behind. There are a handful of ways to deal with it in school with having the right teachers and enough motivation. My perspective on ADHD hasn’t changed I but I gained more knowledge about what people can do to deal with it. If I ever research this topic again I would want to know more about the gene that causes this and what other factors can cause ADHD to happen.
Mayo Clinic Staff. Attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) in children. Mayo Clinic, 11 March 2016, http://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/adhd/home/ovc-20196177. Accessed 5 March 2017.
Alyson McNutt English. Moving Ahead Academically: 7 Ways to Help Your ADD/ADHD Child. Everyday Health, 16 February 2016, http://www.everydayhealth.com/adhd/adhd-in-school.aspx?scrlybrkr. Accessed 6 March 2016.
Valerie Strauss. How schools (even great ones) fail kids with ADHD. The Washington post, September 24, 2012, https://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/answer-sheet/post/how-schools-even-great-ones-fail-kids-with-adhd/2012/09/23/8e81c83c-f828-11e1-8253-3f495ae70650_blog.html?utm_term=.577027274e3b. Accessed 6 March 2017.
ADHD and School. Help Guide, 6 March 2017, https://www.helpguide.org/articles/add-adhd/attention-deficit-disorder-adhd-and-school.htm. Accessed 6 March 2017.