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Learning Disabilities & Attention Deficit Disorders


Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder – also referred to ADD or ADHD – is a biological, brain-based condition that is characterized by poor attention and distractibility and/or hyperactive and impulsive behaviors. Conditions can keep adults from focusing on tasks at hand and make it difficult to organize activities. Hyperactivity can keep you always "on the go" or talking excessively. Inattention may mean you get distracted easily or lose focus, while impulsivity may mean you blurt out answers too soon or butt into other people's conversations.

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*There are three types of ADHD currently defined by the DSM-IV, a manual published by the American Psychiatric Association covering all mental health disorders. ADD is actually one of the types of ADHD, which manifests as inattentive behaviors vs. hyperactivity.

Learning Disabilities:

According to the National Institutes of Health, 15% of the U.S. population (one in seven Americans) has some type of learning disability. A learning disability has no connection to someone's intelligence. It is a neurological disorder that can impact how someone reads, writes, spells, reasons, recalls and organizes information. A learning disability can't be cured or fixed; it is a lifelong issue that can be addressed through skills coaching and educational therapy.
"Adults who suspect they may have a learning disability can begin to find assistance by having an assessment conducted by qualified professionals (who) have been certified to select, administer, and interpret a variety of neurological, psychological, educational, and vocational assessment instruments."

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