It is an unfortunate reality that there are many development problems that can impact a child. When these problem strike, they can make many of the daily aspects of the child's life more difficult than necessary. In particular, attention deficit disorder is one of the more common problems that a child can be diagnosed as having. ADD can make it extremely difficult for a child to stay focused on any one thing, and this can greatly inhibit their ability to learn and form lasting relationships. Sadly, this condition is often misunderstood by many parents, and this can cause them to believe a couple of common misconceptions.
Myth: Every Child With A Short Attention Span Has ADD
There is a common notion that any child that seems to inherently struggle with staying focused suffers from this condition. However, this is far from the case, and this condition can only be diagnosed by a trained professional. While there may be some warning signs, such as forgetfulness and being extremely easily distracted, it is extremely difficult to determine whether this attributes as a symptom of this condition or merely a part of the child's personality. For those that suspect their child may suffer from this condition, it is important to schedule a psych evaluation as soon as possible so that treatments can be started.
Myth: Children With ADD Will Never Do Well In School
While it is true that this condition can make it more difficult for children to perform well in school, it is often wrongly assumed that these children will never be able to prosper in an academic setting. Rather, there are effective treatments that can be used to help children to better overcome these disadvantages. For example, there are medications that can be used to help children to better focus on the task that is in front of them. However, the exact treatment needs will vary based on the severity of the ADD and the child's natural ability to cope with it.
ADD is a serious condition that can make it extremely difficult for your child, but it is an unfortunate reality that this condition is often highly misunderstood. Making sure that you understand that not every child with a short attention span suffers from this condition and that it is possible for a child to perform well in school despite this condition will help you to make sound choices for helping your child overcome this problem.