Attention Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder In The Classroom
The Problem and Its Investigation In classrooms across America, an increasing number of teachers are finding themselves frustrated when they encounter the inevitable student who has a hard time focusing on lessons long enough to understand the material, or finds it a challenge to stay seated without disrupting their classmates. Surprisingly, there are more of these students than one could imagine, as the chances are high that these students have Attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD). ADHD is a common behavioral disorder that affects up to 11% of children, with that percentage dropping as those people reach adulthood. However, most ADHD studies and research focus on young children and not their older counterparts. ADHD …show more content…
The first recognition of a disorder showing the symptoms of ADHD was published in the second version of the DSM in 1968, though it was labeled as hyperkinetic impulse disorder. As ADHD was studied and adapted into the disorder that is recognized today, more children were diagnosed, and at an almost alarming rate. Though ADHD is more widely recognized and accepted today, teachers and parents are still struggling to help their students be successful in the classroom. There is a large number of educators who are unprepared to handle students with ADHD in their classroom, and the secondary teachers are sometimes unaware of the symptoms of adult ADHD. By recognizing the symptoms and preparing the classroom to aid these students, the success of those would ADHD could increase immensely.
Assumptions and Limitations The following assumptions are made:
1. The student is already diagnosed with ADHD, or is showing enough symptoms that they will be suggested for testing.
2. The student’s behaviors related to ADHD are problematic while in school, both academically and socially.
3. The teacher has access to the resources that would make these strategies most beneficial for those students with …show more content…
This manual provides lists of symptoms and characteristics of different disorders, and establishes what methods must be followed to correctly identify a diagnosis. The first DSM was published in 1952, and is revised frequently to address the changing information behind each diagnosis. Attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder was not recognized by the DSM in its first publication; and the second publication established a definition for hyperkinetic impulse disorder that closely resembles the definition that is known for ADHD today. ADHD was not specifically established into the DSM until Volume 3, where the distinction between ADHD and Attention Deficit Disorder were