Attention Deficit Disorder (ADD) and Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) in Visually Impaired Students

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Young woman doing homework, wearing headphones

To minimize distractions, this student wears headphones. Through them, she listens to the words she is typing using the IntelliKeys® keyboard.

Children with attention deficit disorder (ADD) or attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) may have impulsive behavior; be disorganized, hyperactive, restless, or bored; or have difficulty paying attention. A range of possible behaviors are shown by children with these conditions and not every child will exhibit every characteristic.

Consistency is important for a child with ADD or ADHD. Therefore, it is important for the child's educational team to develop a behavior plan so that each person who deals with him responds to his behavior in the same way. Your child may be more responsive if the length of activities is short, and feedback is given as close in time to a behavior as possible. He may also need frequent breaks from activities that require him to pay close attention, such as school work. Some children have responded positively to medication; however, the use of medication should be discussed with your child's physician and monitored closely over time.

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