Attention deficit disorder - a serious hurdle in our schools

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The problem of attention deficit disorder (ADD) is becoming increasingly common in our schools, and it often goes unnoticed because it is not easy to identify.

Learners with ADD are quite deceptive because they can sit still and appear to be paying attention when they are actually mentally absent from class. One of the quickest warning signs is usually avoidance of participation during class discussions, or the tendency to act as if they are coming out of a deep dream when you directly engage them in verbal discussions.

The other thing that should make parents suspicious that their child could have ADD is when most teachers complain that he or she is disorganised and does not show interest in school work. It is however, always advisable to take the child for further psychological assessments before concluding that a child has ADD.

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