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    Explaining ADHD to a new teacher

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    Researchers have not identified a primary cause of ADHD. They believe that it is probably related to a combination of biology, genetics, and the student's environment" (Powell & Driver, 2013, Section 5.4). While you may encounter very young children who exhibit behaviors similar to the characteristics of ADHD, it is unlikely that they will be specifically diagnosed with ADHD. However, when working with school-aged children, it is more likely that you will encounter students who have been diagnosed with ADHD because "ADHD affects approximately 3-10% of school-age students" (Powell & Driver, 2013, Section 5.1). For this reason, it is important to understand this condition in order to have a plan of action should you or a parent suspect ADHD, and to know how to support those children who do. For this discussion post, you will create an information sheet that can be given to a new teacher explaining ADHD in the classroom. It can include pictures, but it must include information regarding:
    All three types of ADHD
    The possible causes (you must include information regarding each possible cause: biology, genetics and environment)
    The importance of a medical diagnosis and why
    Possible signs and symptoms
    The IDEA category it fits under
    How IEP or 504 plans can help a child with ADHD in the classroom
    To show this, provide an example of a student diagnosed with ADHD along with the proposed solution. This can be an actual child you know (just be sure to exclude the child's real name) or it can be a hypothetical child.

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    All three types of ADHD
    The three combined types of ADHD include the following 3 examples:

    1. ADHD, Combined Type: Both inattention and hyperactivity-impulsivity symptoms are included, which will be discussed in further detail in the next two sentences.

    2. ADHD, Predominantly Inattentive Type: Inattention, symptoms entail the following: not paying attention to detail, making careless mistakes, failing to pay attention and keep on task, not listening, being unable to follow or understand instructions, avoiding tasks that involve effort, being distracted or forgetful, losing things that are needed to complete tasks. These symptoms help to identify students that are inattentive as a result of their ADHD.

    3. ADHD, Predominantly ...

    Solution Summary

    The expert explains ADHD to a teach teacher. Why it is important to understand this condition is given.