Book Definition:

A developmental disability involving short attention span, distractibility, and extreme difficulty in remaining inactive for any period.


In Your Own Words


  • A disorder in which the person can't really concentrate for a very long time, they get distracted really easy, and always have to be doing something active.
  • A disorder in which one is not able to focus on one single task.
  • A lack of focus and control.
  • A disorder in which the person has the constant need to move and do something active

Examples/Functions


  • A young child in preschool is always moving, talking, has a short attention span compared to all the other children in his class, who sit still and pay attention in class.
  • Stimulants are often used as treatment, causing the opposite of what they normally do for patients with ADHD.
  • In school, having to constantly walk somewhere such as the trash can, bathroom, pencil sharpener and never being able focus on work.
  • A child who has ADHD will not be able to concentrate in school or doing other tasks, while at the same times they will be hyper and this would distract them even more.
  • Talking a lot out of turn or when you're not suppose to.
  • Difficulty in following tasks.
  • Interrupting or disruptive behavior.
  • ADHD could also be abbreviated as ADOS: Attention Deficit... Oooh, Sparkly!

Additional Resources


  1. http://www.nimh.nih.gov/health/topics/attention-deficit-hyperactivity-disorder-adhd/index.shtml
  2. http://www.medicalnewstoday.com/info/adhd/
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