A Mom called us to say that she was frustrated because she had to re-teach her child what he had learned in school. When doing homework together, she noticed that he tended to lose focus. The child’s teacher reported no behavior issues, although she did acknowledge that her son had difficulty finishing his assignments in class.
She wondered, could this be ADHD? Should she get a diagnosis? Would this help him in school?
She shared her frustration with her husband. He responded that it seemed impossible that their child have an attention issue since he could stay focused for hours when playing video games. “He just needs to try harder” his dad says.”
One of the nation’s leading experts on ADHD, Dr. Tom Brown, a psychiatrist from Yale University, defines ADHD (the inattentive type) as”
“The inability to pay attention to that which is boring” or not engaging.
This accounts for why so many kids can stay focused on video games but not on material that they don’t understand or relate to.
Getting students identified as having an attention issue does not always mean that treating it with medication is the only answer. The benefits for getting the identification can mean getting positive school support for your child.
These accommodations include:
- Getting extra time on tests and dividing the test over multiple days – very helpful for an inattentive student
- Getting revised homework assignments. Instead of 30 math problems, which may take 3 hours, the student will be required to do less.
- Getting copies of assignments or class notes
In Florida, this designation also qualifies a public or charter school student with the right to get a McKay Scholarship – that allows the parents to either get money towards a McKay Scholarship at certain private schools, or to go to another public school, if the school is not over crowded.
Key Benefits of an ADHD Diagnosis
– Helps to get both parents on the same page
– Allows the parents to get your child the accommodations he or she needs at school
– It may qualify your child for certain programs — like the McKay Scholarship in Florida
– It gives you clarity