Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder is a psychiatric diagnosis given to children usually before the age of 12 because their impulsiveness and/or hyperactivity begins to interfere with their school, home, and/or recreational life. The diagnosis is based on a checklist of symptoms and treatment usually involves the dispensation of stimulants such as Ritalin. ADHD is most pronounced in children ages 10-16 and as they grow up, symptoms tend to dissipate and they are able to function as responsible adults. ADD is simply ADHD without the symptom of hyperactivity: these students are more difficult to diagnose and may instead be seen as shy or quiet. ADD tends to be more prevalent in women and ADHD more prevalent in men.
In today’s education, there is unfortunately little room for children with diverse neurological profiles. At BartyED, we refuse to believe that ADHD personalities are deficient in any way. Nonetheless, we acknowledge that children with ADHD must fit into standardized education, which can be a challenge. Our first-hand experience tells us that no two children with ADHD/ADD exhibit the same symptoms with the same solutions: for example, some learners appear disinterested and work-shy, whereas others try their best but lose confidence in their results.
In mentoring students with ADHD/ADD, we implement strategies to cope with student’s learning difficulties, which always start with a deeper understanding of the nature of the problems at school. We look at mitigating factors such as exercise and diet, feedback from teachers, psychological evaluations, and our own assessments in order to design a structured programme which will enable students with ADHD to cope in the classroom.