Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder ( Adhd ) Essay

806 Words Sep 27th, 2014 4 Pages
It was fall of 2000; I recently started kindergarten at Salem Elementary when I was diagnosed with Attention-Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder or ADHD. ADHD, a psychological and medical disorder, can be defined or displayed by a showing of at least one of the following three primary symptoms; extreme cases of poor concentration, hyperactivity, and impulsiveness (Myers 543). I am a carrier of all three symptoms; this allowed me to be granted with an IEP (Individualized Education Program) by the Salem Elementary Special Education Department through the Wake County Public School System for being other health impaired. Having lived with ADHD for most of my life, I understand the difficulties it brings on a daily basis.

Numerous professionals would argue that these characteristics are typical of a developing child at a young age (Myers 543). For an example, my younger sister, Anna, was diagnosed with ADHD in the second grade. After the diagnosis, my mother scheduled a meeting with the Director of Special Education at Salem Elementary, (the same school I attended years before), in hopes that she too would be granted an IEP. Unfortunately, my sister was sadly denied approval for an IEP, and has suffered greatly in her academics since then. Theoretically, the time changed between my years in elementary school and hers. Faculty, budget, and even the definition of disability could have changed in the eyes of the school system, and as a result, she was robbed of the education…

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