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Education Administrators Associates was initiated by Dr. John Brownridge, an educator and school principal with extensive knowledge and expertise in the field of Education, and experience in both North America and the United Kingdom. EAA's objective is to offer resource, assistance, and consultation to professional educators in the English-speaking world.

A variety of issues of interest and concern to educators will be presented and considered in this blog on a weekly basis. All educators, whether teachers, administrators or consultants, are invited to comment on the Contacts Page.

None of us can be experts in every field. Yet, as teachers we are expected to be knowledgeable on a whole range of topics, especially those that relate directly or indirectly to education. The parents of our students frequently have questions and concerns about curriculum, special programs, and new innovations they have heard about through news media. Our colleagues, friends and acquaintances may seek explanations and definitions. It is in our own interest to have a cursory knowledge of issues outside our areas of expertise, and to be capable of providing some insight into a variety of educational topics.

This weekly blog will explore many educational topics. Please check in on a regular basis, and do feel free to submit your comments and questions on the Contacts Page. As teachers, we have a wealth of experience to share.

John Brownridge

This Week

Attention Deficit Disorder and Hyper-activity

The ability of children to learn effectively within a structured educational environment is influenced by a variety of  factors, some of which are easier to control than others. Creation of an appropriate learning environment is essential, for example. Teachers must ensure a level of comfort and security as well as providing a lively and colorful classroom situation. But they must also be aware of children who are hungry or tired and those who may be suffering from medical conditions. One of the more pressing problems facing teachers today is how to teach children who suffer from attention deficit disorder (ADD) and those with a hyper-activity disorder as well (ADHD).

ADHD is by no means a simple matter to understand. Opinions vary and indeed some researchers are inclined to believe it does not exist as a specific ailment, but only in relation to behavior problems in general. Most experts today, however, see ADHD as a neurological disorder appearing in childhood and characterized by distractibility, forgetfulness, and poor impulse control. Up to 5% of Americans, both children and adults, suffer from this chronic syndrome and although some treatments are thought to be effective, it is generally believed that no cure is available.

The symptoms of ADHD are usually related to two areas of behavior – inattention and inappropriate impulsiveness. Both of these behaviors cause serious difficulty for children in a classroom or group environment where a certain amount of structure and control is necessary. Most children are easily distracted, but a more serious disorder might be suspected if a child is unable to focus on details during play or tasks, follow simple instructions, or appears not to listen when spoken to. ADHD children typically try to avoid anything that requires mental effort or organization and they become frustrated and angry when pressed to complete their tasks.

Hyperactivity or impulsive behavior can be even more difficult for teachers to deal with because it causes such disruption to other children in the group. Children suffering from this condition find it impossible to remain seated for any length of time and they will fidget and squirm constantly, running and climbing at inappropriate times, and generally feeling restless. Such children will sometimes talk excessively, refuse to wait their turn, and find quiet time impossible to handle.

For most ADHD children medication alone is insufficient. Some form of psychotherapy, counseling, or other treatment is usually required as well and in many cases, therapy administered over a period of time can lead to consistent behavior control without the use of medication.
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John Brownridge

Next Week

Emotion and Memory