ADD stands for Attention Defecit Disorder. Very simply it is a difficulty with focusing ones attention on a task at hand. Children and adults with ADD find it difficult to follow a conversation, or read a book for a long period of time; children are often blamed for daydreaming in class when in fact they are unable to block out everything that is going on around them and listen to their teacher. ADHD stands for Attention Defecit and Hyperactivity Disorder; the difficulty with concentration is there but these people are 'over active' and fidgety - sitting still is not possible. For a diagnosis of ADD/ADHD to be given, the symptoms or behaviours must be present in 2 or more different environments for a minimum period of 6 months. If school is the only environment in which your son behaves differently, it may be worth looking at things a little deeper. Do you know if he is bullied, or being a bully at school? Were these behaviours present with his previous teacher? It would also be beneficial to look at his behaviour in situations other than at home, such as at church or a play group etc. It is important to remember that only an Educational or Clinical Psychologist can make a diagnosis of ADD/ADHD.<br>Sterkte.<br>Delia
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