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ADD and ADD/ADHD Assessment

A Brief Explanation...

Attention Deficit Disorder (ADD), sometimes called Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD), is not generally considered a learning disability, although the condition certainly impacts a person's ability to learn. An estimated 10 to 33 percent of all children with ADD also have learning disabilities (U.S. Department of Education 1994 statistic).

Symptoms include the inability to remain still for even short periods of time, inattentiveness, inability to focus, impulsivity, and distractibility. Testing for ADD and ADHD is not as clearly defined as for LD's and is often performed by medical doctors, psychologists, and other professionals.

Parents seeking ADD/ADHD assessment for their child should check with their local school district for guidelines regarding acceptable tesing procedures.

For more information, visit LDOnline's ADD/ADHD Assessment section in "LD In-Depth".


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