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Learning Styles Problems can cause Bad Grades in ADHD Children

Many children with ADHD have learning style problems that once corrected may lead to improved grades and academic performance. Quite often, children with ADHD have problems learning and remembering what they have learned, because of the principal traits of their ADHD behavior disorder; poor concentration and short attention span. Even when properly treated with ADHD medications, many of these kids and teens will continue to suffer bad grades and academic failure because ADHD drugs do not treat or cure learning problems. ADHD drugs are used to decrease impulsivity and improve concentration in hopes that by doing so, the ADHD child will be able to better learn. Many ADHD children will improve grades once treated with one of the medications for ADHD. However, if the child’s learning style does not match his or her learning experience, no amount of any drug will help improve those grades. What do I mean by “Learning Styles?” I’m sure you know friends and family who were “touchers”-they had to touch everything in order to understand what was going on or to learn a new skill. We call those persons “Kinesthetic learners” or “hands-on learners.” Kinesthetic learning is just one of several learning… Read the rest

Middle Ear Infections can cause Symptoms of ADHD

Hearing loss caused by recurrent or persistent middle ear infections in young children may cause symptoms that look just like ADHD. In previous posts, we’ve discussed how any problem that interferes with a child’s hearing, vision, and other primary senses can cause any and all of the symptoms of ADHD causing him or her to be misdiagnosed as ADHD. These problems are often referred to as “sensory processing disorders” (SPD) and may be present from birth (primary) or acquired as the result of an infection, trauma or some other serious event (secondary). To refresh your memory, anything that interferes with a child’s ability to interact properly with his or her surroundings-poor hearing-vision problems-touch sensory problems- can cause learning problems and of course, a sensory deficit. For example, the child with what seems to be never-ending ear infections suffers hearing loss and therefore a sensory processing disorder because of the damage caused by persistent infection and pressure in his or her middle ear. Young children with chronic middle ear infections may sustain damage to the bones and nerves responsible for transmitting sound waves that hit the eardrum to the parts of the brain that interpret electrical impulses into what… Read the rest

Preventing Classroom-Teacher Bias-ADHD Misdiagnosis

Once a child has been labeled as ADHD, whether he or she is actually ADHD or not, it’s virtually impossible to remove that label. The best way to unstick the almost super-glued ADHD label in a child or teen “suspected” of ADHD is to prevent it from being applied in the first place. The old saying: “An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure” is very true in this case. One child misdiagnosed as ADHD is one too many! So how can you prevent a teacher or fellow classmates from mislabeling your child with ADHD? Anticipate problems by talking to your child’s next teacher in advance. Do not wait for the teacher to phone you-take the first step in explaining your child’s behavior traits to his new teacher. He or she will be less likely to feel bias even if they have been “warned” by previous teachers. Explain how your son’s or daughter’s doctor has evaluated your child’s behavior, what the diagnosis is-if any- and whether or not he or she has undergone some type of therapy. Ask him or her not to label your child by warning the next teacher or biasing them with an unconfirmed diagnosis… Read the rest

Vision, Hearing, and, Speech Disorders Cause ADHD Misdiagnosis

Vision, Hearing, Speech, and Sensory Processing Disorders Cause ADHD Misdiagnosis It’s no surprise that speech, hearing and vision problems can cause a child to suffer bad grades, be unable to make and keep friends, and fail in attempts to control impulsivity and hyperactivity. Likewise, as I noted in previous posts (see below), all sensory integration-processing disorders may mimic ADHD and cause the misdiagnosis of attention deficit hyperactivity disorder. Why? Because the parts of a child’s brain or neurologic system that allow him or her to have normal vision, normal hearing and normal speech; are also the ones that help control thought processing, memory, control of impulsivity and hyperactivity and allow him or her to interact with his or her surroundings and other people in a meaningful way. An article on the Springfield, MA abc40 and Fox6 News website serves to remind us once again that many children with neurosensory disorders are ultimately misdiagnosed as ADHD or mislabeled with other behavior disorders. In this news story, a survey from “Pathways Awareness of more than 500 pediatric occupational therapists, physical therapists and speech-language pathologists” reported that more than two-thirds of kids between 3 and 8 years old previously diagnosed as having… Read the rest

ADHD Misdiagnosis and Sensory Processing Disorder

Of the more than 50 things that can act just like or mimic ADHD, sensory processing disorder (SPD) is one of the more difficult ones to explain to parents and to fully understand. Sensory processing disorder is a neurodevelopmental disorder that causes a child to have difficulty absorbing, figuring what to do with, and appropriately responding to what his or her senses tell about what’s going on in the environment or within their own body. Senses that might be affected include: Taste (gustatory) Touch (tactile) Smell (olfactory) Sight (Visual ) Hearing (auditory) Vibratory (vestibular) Positional (proprioception). A child suffering SPD may have deficits in one or more of the seven senses and the level of impairment might be so mild as to be hard to detect or so severe as to cause a disability in academic and social situations. Each deficit can cause the SPD child to show behaviors that are often confused with and cause ADHD misdiagnosis! What types of problems do these kids have? Difficulty planning and organizing just about everything Impulsivity related to a need for stimulation-sensory input Inattentiveness due to withdrawal and avoidance of sensory input felt to be annoying Problems playing with others or… Read the rest
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