Attention Deficit is a condition that causes problems not in learning and behavior only: it affects daily life. This is some sort of weakness in brain’s ability to focus on certain information. It may hinder student’s ability to understand and process information from audio, video, written text and teacher’s speech. Besides, attention deficit can also make up for difficulties with filtering information that is not important. Sometimes, people with ADD get distracted by the things that the others may easily ignore.

Understanding the difference between ADD and ADHD

People who experience the symptoms of ADD together with hyperactivity tend to have attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD). While those who have ADD may often seem to be distracted, dreamy or having head in the clouds, people with ADHD, vice versa, cannot stay still and need to move or keep up the pace to pay attention. Such people are also more likely to make risky actions (go for extreme sports, use drugs, etc.). However, symptoms of ADHD are more pronounced, so it’s easier to identify such disorder and treat it.

Sensory Dysfunction and Attention Deficit

Together with above mentioned symptoms, people with ADD/ADHD can also suffer from sensory dysfunction, which means they are highly sensitive to light, sound and touch. The sensation of clothing, or slightly abnormal temperature in a room can distract such people. When being constantly distracted and diverted by exterior factors, people with ADD may have problems controlling their impulsive actions and thoughts.

How ADD/ADHD affects kids in school

Children with ADD/ADHD may find learning is school very difficult and challenging. When being at classes, such pupils may not sit still, focus on what teacher says and maintaining focus on important information.

Children with ADHD can suffer from the following problems:

  • Inability to follow teachers’ instructions.
  • Problems with memorizing.
  • Visual and auditory confusion.

Children and adults with ADD may also experience hypersensitivity to tactile and visual sensations, especially when trying to percept electrical sounds and fluorescent light. Sometimes smells can seem to be unbearable. They process directions slowly, get confused and overwhelmed by large tasks and complex problems.

A person with ADD may also be afraid of managing multiple tasks and deadlines, organizing school materials and plans. It may be almost impossible to sit still during several hours in a row. Engaging with other to complete tasks can also become a challenge.

How to deal with ADD/ADHD in School?

In most cases, children are prescribed medications that stimulate normal brain activity and help them to control impulses and prevent distraction. However, medications can cause problematic side effects. As a rule, children with ADD/ADHD also get specific individual education plans to make their education easier. It can include resources and tools that help to improve focus, memory and recalling. It’s important to find a quiet space for a kid where distraction will be minimal.