What is Attention Deficit Hyperactive Disorder??

What is Attention Deficit Hyperactive Disorder??

ADHD is quickly becoming one of the most diagnosed disorders seen in schools. Children who are showing signs of having energy and not being able to focus for more than 5 minutes (pretty much any child ever) are being diagnosed with ADHD and are having pills shoved down their throats to calm them down and make them focus the way the adults think they should.

But do these children actually have ADHD and how would we know?

Here is a quick video to help us get started

A few points from the video

  • People who have Attention Deficit Hyperactive Disorder don’t actually lack attention, they lack the ability to regulate their attention.
  • Good analogy – It’s like watching tv. You have the remote and are able to change channels (attention) when you want. Watching TV when you have ADHD is the same, but you don’t have the remote. It’s like your younger (slightly annoying) sibling has stolen the remote and mashing the buttons in the corner causing the channels (attention) to change without you having control over it.


The 3 Categories of ADHD

There are 3 types or forms of ADHD that you will see. There is inattentive, hyperactive/impulsive, or a combination of the two. You cannot be solely inattentive or solely hyperactive/impulsive. Every person who has ADHD has a combination of both types, however, people who have the inattentive type are predominately inattentive and the same goes for hyperactive/impulsive. The difference between these types and the combination is that the combination type has a fairly even split between the two. Here are some characteristics of these types.

  1. Inattentive
    1. miss details and are distracted easily
    2. get bored quickly
    3. have trouble focusing on a single task
    4. have difficulty organizing thoughts and learning new information
    5. lose pencils, papers, or other items needed to complete a task
    6. don’t seem to listen
    7. move slowly and appear as if they’re daydreaming
    8. process information more slowly and less accurately than others
    9. have trouble following directions
  2. Hyperactive/Impulsive
    1. squirm, fidget or feel restless
    2. have difficulty sitting still
    3. talk constantly
    4. touch and play with objects, even when inappropriate to the task at hand
    5. have trouble engaging in quiet activities
    6. are constantly “on the go”
    7. are impatient
    8. act out of turn and don’t think about consequences of actions
    9. blurt out answers and inappropriate comments


The main take away from this post that I would like you to have is that ADHD is not a choice for your students. It’s something they can’t control and often the hardest part of their day, and while this is the case, it doesn’t mean that they can’t be successful. They can be, but it takes a bit more effort on everyone’s part.




  1. Thanks for this! I have two students who are both diagnosed with ADHD and they both behave very differently so I was a little confused. Thank you for breaking down the differences! I wonder if there are different ways to supports both types or if they benefit from similar types of support?

  2. I loved reading this post! My best friend has ADHD and it was really interesting watching her in class growing up, and teacher’s responses to her inability to focus for long periods of time. Even with ADHD, she was still able to be a successful student. I think as a teacher it is extremely important to support your students and allow them to do what works for them. Even with her constant doodling or walking around the classroom, she was still able to learn, just in a way that some teacher’s weren’t used to seeing.

    Thank you for sharing!


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