Attention Deficit Disorder (ADD)

What is ADD?

Attention Deficit Disorder (ADD) causes behavioral problems like having difficulty listening to and following instructions, focusing, completing tasks, and interacting with others. Someone with ADD may also have difficulty being hyperactive or have learning disabilities.

What is the difference between ADD and ADHD?

ADD is one of the presentations of ADHD. Children with ADD are generally not disruptive but may still be struggling to focus or listen to instructions. Children with other types of ADHD may be more disruptive, have behavior problems, and be hyperactive.

Common Characteristics

What do I do if I think my child may have ADD?

Talk to your child’s doctor, their school counselor, or teacher. You can have your child seen for formal testing to see if they fit the criteria for ADD, and then help them get treated.

What are the treatments for ADD?

Stimulant medications like Ritalin can aid children in staying on task and focused, but a behavior plan created by a clinician can help teach behavioral skills and increase attentive behaviors. Early intervention is important so the child can learn adaptive skills to increase their focus and behavior skills.

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