Attention Deficit Hyperactive Disorder may seem a relatively new term, and to some teachers it will seem to description of a pupil they might otherwise describe as both lazy and attention seeking. The ADHD pupil is on the same continuum as the Attention Deficit Disordered pupil, but has the added difficulty of hyperactive tendencies. It is thought that a probable cause lies in the neurological functions and, as such, can be treated with medication. Since inattentiveness, impulsiveness and hyperactivity can be found in other pupils, it is important to establish appropriate assessment through the Educational Psychology Service and specialist medical advice.
You may find it helpful to identify a pupil with Attention Deficit Disorder by the following questions. If you can identify about seven of these as present in the pupil’s behaviour over a period of six-months, then you should think about contacting the school’s educational psychologist. Make a note of occasions when they display these characteristics and talk to other staff about this. The educational psychologist will find it you can give information about the pupil’s behaviour in school, and whether the parents have concerns about this home. If there is any evidence that the pupil’s work is affected by lack of attention, try to have examples ready to show them. This disorder usually begins in infancy and produces negative effects on their school, home and social life. In particular, it is characterized by severe difficulties in attention span and impulsive behaviour.