What is ADHD?
Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) means you have trouble paying attention. Itâ€™s harder for you than it is for the average young person of your age. ADHD can make school extra hard.
What causes ADHD?
Itâ€™s not your fault. Your brain has a different way of thinking. ADHD is something youâ€™re born with. In fact, it commonly runs in families. But there are things you can do to make it better.
What can I do to get better?
Here are some learning tips that have helped other young people with ADHD:
- Look at your teacher when she is talking to the class.
- Listen carefully to what your teacher is saying.
- Do what your teacher tells you to do.
- Try to finish your classwork on time.
- Start your homework soon after you get home.
- Get enough sleep so you wake up in the morning well rested. If not, go to bed earlier.
- Always eat a good breakfast. Itâ€™s hard to concentrate when you are hungry later in the morning.
- Talk to a grownup about anything that is bothering you. Itâ€™s hard to study when there are worries on your mind.
- There are medicines that can help you focus. But they are only part of the answer. They cannot cure you of ADHD. You need to always be looking for new learning tricks that work for you.
What do I pledge to do?
I promise to work on building these Good Learning Habits in my life
Written by Barton D. Schmitt, MD, author of â€œMy Child Is Sick,â€ American Academy of Pediatrics Books.
Pediatric Advisor 2015.1 published by RelayHealth.
Last modified: 2014-06-10
Last reviewed: 2014-06-10
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