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Attention Deficit Disorder Explained Eric Zacharias Brigham Young University Abstract Attention Deficit Disorder ADD is a disorder which afflicts millions of children in the United States Research has brought to light many facts about ADD but it is still not known what exactly causes ADD AS a result of research we know that there are some factors which may contribute to ADD So me of the most commonly discussed factors among researchers are genetic brain-related allergic reactions and other environmental factors Though there is no cure for this chronic disease there are many things that parents teachers and physicians can do in order to suppress many symptoms and help these children Parents can help their ADD children through various behavioral management techniques used at home Teachers can aid ADD children in having a positive learning experience by making the classroom more structured Physicians can help by prescribing an appropriate medication that alleviates the child of many of the ADD symptoms Attention Deficit Disorder Explained A four-year-old child has just been expelled from preschool His teachers describe him as aggressive uncooperative immature and overactive He doesnt like to share and has frequent violent outbursts that occasionally result in hitting biting or throwing things at other children or the teacher His actions are similar at home Great frustration is caused among teachers and his parents because of his abnormal behavior Is there a cause for such behavior and if so what This has been a topic of much discussion among experts in the past few decades The above example illustrates the behavior of a typical child with what is now known as Attention Deficit Disorder ADD Around two million grade school-aged children in the United States at least 5 percent are thought to have ADD Sears Thompson 1998 It is
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