ADHD (Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder) is the term used to cover the various syndromes where there is either attention deficit, hyperactivity or both.Read more...
So ADHD is used to refer to people who suffer from attention deficit, whether they have hyperactivity or not. Previously the term ADD (Attention Deficit Disorder) was used to describe people with just attention deficit, however this term is now no longer used, as all cases are now referred to as ADHD.
Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) is the most commonly diagnosed behavioural disorder of childhood, estimated to affect 3 to 5 percent of school-age children. The condition is a neurologically-based disability, which causes a range of problems associated with behavioural difficulties and poor attention span. Children with ADHD usually have functional problems in all areas of their lives, including home, school, and peer relationships. ADHD sufferers have also been shown to experience long-term adverse effects on academic performance, vocational success, and social-emotional development.
These conditions can be divided into symptoms, of inattention hyperactivity and impulsiveness. The hyperactive symptoms make it very difficult for people to sit still and control their behaviour. In many cases, this leads to disruption in the classroom and at home. This can often prevent people from learning and socialising well.
A person with ADHD may have trouble with:
Keeping their attention on tasks, in work or play
Organising tasks and activities
Playing or working quietly
Many of the symptoms associated with learning difficulties such as dyslexia, dyspraxia and ADHD are believed to be linked to poor cerebellar efficiency. Through daily exercises focussed on balance, eye tracking and coordination the Dore programme aims to improve the performance of the cerebellum, the ‘skill centre’ of the brain which makes everyday tasks automatic.