Between two to six per cent of children suffer from this disorder which is usually known as ADD. It is also sometimes called “Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder” or ADHD. Either way it causes great hardship for those who have it and for their families. It usually presents with behavioural difficulties in the home and school and often leads to conflict between children and their parents and teachers.
There is no clear understanding of what causes ADD. It is known that there is a biological disturbance which contributes to difficulties of attention and poor impulse control. Short attention span and poor impulse control often lead to learning problems and oppositional behaviour which in turn create major difficulties in the development of children with ADD.
Young people with ADD are particularly at risk of educational underachievement, difficulties with authorities and drug and alcohol problems.
Early identification and management of ADD is important in preventing these problems. Education of the young person and his or her family, counselling, academic help and medicine all help in management so that the child can achieve full potential.
There are many books on ADD for parents and teachers but very few for youngsters who have ADD. This book explains ADD clearly in simple words and pictures. A child who understands what happens with ADD is more likely to accept help and use it effectively.