What is Attention Deficit Disorder?
Although ADD is not considered a learning disability by the strictest definition, the issues faced by students with this diagnosis can have a substantial impact on academic performance.
Teachers and clinicians formerly believed that ADD was a children’s condition only; we now know that problems with attention and concentration can extend into adulthood.
ADD can occur with or without hyperactivity.
It can cause difficulty in sustaining concentration while reading, attending to lectures, or working on written assignments, assignment through to completion, even for students of superior intelligence.
Conversely, ADD can make it difficult for students to refocus attention.
They may be able to concentrate on a task all too well, but have problems in breaking away when it is appropriate to move on to a new idea or assignment.