Although poor concentration is the very basics of what constitutes ADHD, there can be other reasons for this.
The two most common reasons are feeling overwhelmed by the quantity or difficulty of work, and focusing on maintaining some emotional stability at the cost of ignoring academics (a sense of emotional self preservation).
Poor academics, despite medication, can also be a result of missing foundation skills prior to taking the medication.
It is important to look at your child holistically and try to determine what is causing what: are emotions lowering self esteem thereby negatively impacting on academics; or is not coping with the academic demands having an impact on the emotional aspects. Either way, both sides need to be addressed.
The services of a play therapist or psychologist can be used to address the emotions, anxieties etc, while a remedial therapist can address the academics.
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