The Norwalk Board of Education on Oct. 3 voted to recognize October as National ADHD Awareness Month. This is the Board’s statement.
The Norwalk Board of Education recognizes October as National ADHD Awareness Month to bring awareness to the issues surrounding Attention Deficit and Hyperactivity Disorder.
ADHD is one of the most common neurodevelopmental disorders of childhood. It is usually first diagnosed in childhood and often lasts into adult hood. The terms ADHD and ADD both refer to the same disorder, with the only difference being that some people have attention deficit and hyperactivity, while others do not.
ADHD affects people of every age, gender, IQ, and social-economic background. In 2011, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported that the percentage of children in the United States who have ever been diagnosed with ADHD is now 9.5 percent, with boys being diagnosed two to three times as often as girls.
Diagnosing ADHD is a Complex Process as many of the symptoms look like extreme forms of normal behavior. Additionally, a number of other conditions resemble ADHD. What makes ADHD different from other conditions is that the symptoms are excessive, pervasive, and persistent. That is, behaviors are more extreme, show up in multiple settings, and continue showing up throughout life.
We know ADHD can create problems for students in school, at home, and with friends, and can impact the chances of a student succeeding. Children with ADHD may have trouble paying attention, controlling impulsive behaviors or be overly active. Children with ADHD are often faced with a number of simultaneous challenges, including anxiety, depression, sleep disorders and more.
The good news is that when children, teens, and adults are diagnosed early and receive treatment, they can lead more fulfilling lives.
By declaring this ADHD Awareness Month, the Board of Education encourages the community to reflect on this disorder and to seek out information that will help them to understand and appreciate the challenges that their fellow students are facing day in and day out.