Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADD/ADHD) is a chronic neurological condition
characterized by problems with attention, focusing and persistence and often, but
not always, hyperactivity. ADD/ADHD must be diagnosed by a medical doctor, psychiatrist
or licensed psychologist and sometimes medication is prescribed.
Difficulty paying attention when spoken to, inconsistent concentration.
Has trouble listening to a lecture and taking notes at the same time.
Is easily distracted by background noise or visual stimulation, unable to pay attention,
may appear to be hurried in one-to-one meetings.
Difficulty memorizing basic facts.
Difficulty reading or comprehending word problems.
Compositions lack organization and development of ideas.
Trouble sustaining attention. Restless, fidgety. Lacks attention to details.
Forgets things, loses or leaves positions. Difficulty following instructions.
Impatient and easily frustrated. For many students the harder they try the worse their
Easily overwhelmed by tasks of daily living. Poor organization and time management.
Difficulty completing projects. Inconsistent work performance. Trouble maintaining
an organized work area.
Makes decisions impulsively. Difficulty delaying gratification, stimulation seeking.
Makes comments without considering their impact.
Many of the suggestions outlined in the section on Learning Disabilities are applicable
to students with ADD.
Upon determination of eligibility for services, students may be entitled to receive
one or more of the following accommodations: