Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder ( Adhd ) Essay

1146 Words Dec 24th, 2016 5 Pages
Five months ago, I met Mike, an 8-year-old, biracial (Caucasian and Puerto Rican) boy, who has been labeled by his school, mother, and by medical professionals as having several learning disabilities. Mike’s mother shared with me that Mike was diagnosed with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) and Pervasive Developmental Disorder (PDD)—a level of autism. Also, Mike’s mother shared that Mike was currently on an Individualized Education Program (IEP) at school. In order to inform my own understanding of Mike, I conducted informal observations of Mike and his interactions with others at home and school. On September 20th and Oct 4th, I conducted two field observations at the school that Mike attends called BuildUp elementary school academy (pseudonym). BuildUp is a school in the Riverdale Public School District (pseudonym) that serves grades K-5. The school has a student population of around 740 to 750 students. Some key demographics of the student population are as follows: 86% are identified as low-socioeconomic status (SES), 52% are boys and 47% are girls, and 19% of the students receive special education services. I attended Mike’s classroom and saw that the class consisted of 12 students who have been identified as having learning disabilities in such areas as: autism, communication, cognitive, intellectual, health, development delay and emotional impairments. The lead teacher of the classroom was an African American male who is assisted by a white female…

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