Dear Concerned Mum,
Broadly speaking, ADD is an inability to focus ones attention on the task at hand; it can be accompanied by hyperactivity and impulsive behaviour. Typical symptoms usually involve making careless mistakes, ignoring/not taking note of details, loosing/forgetting things on a regular basis, difficulty remembering everyday tasks struggling to organise oneself and/or activities.
These behaviours are found in everyone at some point or another; it is important to determine the degree and occurance of the instances described above together with a number of other factors.
The best route is to contact the Attention Deficit and Hyperactivity Support group of Southern Africa (ADHASA) at www.adhasa.co.za or (011) 888 7655; they will be able to put you in touch with an educational psychologist in your area.
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