What is Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD), and what does it have to do with learning disabilities (LD)? ADHD and LD are not the same thing, but ADHD certainly can interfere with learning and behavior. About one-third of people with LD have ADHD. Clear up your confusion about the two often co-occurring disorders by accessing the information below.
Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) is one of the most frequently occurring brain-based disorders. It most often manifests itself in childhood and continues to pose challenges throughout adolescence and into adulthood. Its symptoms most often include difficulty getting and staying focused, modulating attention, controlling impulsivity and self-managing behavior... More >
Our e-book, 50 Questions About LD, is filled with answers to common LD questions. Topics include: how to deal with the “LD” label, RTI and working with your child’s school, the emotional impact of learning disabilities at school and home, preparing teens for college and work, and related issues like ADHD and giftedness. More >
LD and Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) are not the same, but ADHD certainly can interfere with learning and behavior. To get the facts you need, spend some time with our resident expert by watching this free “Ask the Experts” video session. Dr. Sheldon H. Horowitz will give you a clear understanding of ADHD and discuss the range of possible types. More >
How do you begin to figure out the details of ADHD without feeling overwhelmed? Have no fear—our resident expert has done the homework for you! In this video from our “Ask the Experts” series, Dr. Sheldon H. Horowitz debunks common myths about ADHD and shares the essential facts about this disorder. More >
Charlie looks around his first grade classroom when it’s reading time. He needs frequent reminders to get back to work. His teachers and his parents are puzzled why such a bright boy is having trouble in school. Could it be an attention deficit causing the problem? Could a learning... More >
What is Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD)? And what does it have to do with learning disabilities? First of all, ADHD is not the same thing as a learning disability (LD). But it certainly can interfere with learning and behavior. Also, about one-third of people with LD ... More >
My son John, now age 23, has struggled with ADHD and Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD) since he was in preschool. A bright, sensitive and outgoing child, he’s always wanted to succeed in school and fit in socially. His ADHD and OCD, of course, didn’t always make it easy for him.... More >
Whether you are wondering if your child has an attention problem or if he or she already has been diagnosed with Attention Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD), you likely have experienced a number of challenging and perplexing behaviors and situations. The brains of children with A... More >
What Is ADHD?
Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) is a brain-based disorder that can affect children, adolescents and adults. Researchers are still exploring what causes ADHD. We do know that the disorder often runs in families and many studies suggest that genes play a... More >
As a developmental-behavioral pediatrician, I see children with a wide range of disabilities. When I first meet with a family, I always ask the parents what they hope to gain from their visit with me. One of the most common questions parents ask is, “What does my child have?” This... More >
Don’t panic. Stay focused. LD.org puts everything you need at your fingertips, and help is only a click-of-a-mouse away. Our team has compiled a list of the most up-to-date information and resources to offer guidance and support about Attention Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD)... More >
Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) is a disorder that can be well managed through medical, educational, psychological and behavioral treatments. Finding the right combination of treatments can be a difficult process. It’s important to work with your child’s physician,... More >
Attention Deficit Disorder (ADD) and Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) are both brain-based conditions that affect people’s ability to stay focused on things like schoolwork, social interactions and everyday activities such as brushing teeth and getting dressed. The bi... More >
Signs of Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) often occur in combination with reading, spelling, writing, arithmetic and language problems, as well as social and emotional problems. Sometimes it can be hard to determine if a child’s behavior is the result of ADHD, learnin... More >
The symptoms of LD and ADHD often overlap, and treating a child’s individual problem situations, instead of his or her diagnosis, can empower parents. The “treatments” or strategies needed for many problem situations caused by LD and ADHD are the same. You and your child’s doc... More >
Fact: About one-third of individuals with LD also have Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD). Another fact: Our amazing social media community on Facebook and Twitter quickly responded to our request for their favorite ADHD-related books. These books contain helpful informat... More >
Getting a child with ADHD to concentrate can be a real challenge. Here are some easy and fun strategies to help your child improve his ability to focus.Give Directions While Playing Catch In kids with ADHD, the part of the brain that switches off daydreaming works more slowly than in ... More >
Over the course of three years, I was approached by three teachers who had all expressed similar concerns about my son’s behavior. They described his behavior using different language, and citing different examples, but looking back, I see that all of their concerns aligned with the... More >
ADHD can make it difficult for your child to concentrate and pay attention in school, but it affects more than just academics. It has an impact on social skills as well. Here are five common social challenges your child with ADHD may face—and ways you can help. Social Challenge #1: ... More >
Girls and boys tend to display different ADHD symptoms. You could say that boys with ADHD frequently stand out more in the crowd than their female peers. In addition to having trouble paying attention and being easily distracted, boys with attention-deficit issues are often more likel... More >
A doctor (including neurologists, psychologists, pediatricians and psychiatrists) is the only professional qualified to formally diagnose ADHD. To qualify for the diagnosis, a child must display symptoms of the disorder for at least six months. It’s important to know that there is n... More >
ADHD can make many everyday situations difficult, but which ones are the most challenging for your child? Here are some common trouble spots and simple strategies that might make things easier for you and your child. Trouble Spot #1: Getting Out the Door Even if the morning drill is p... More >
This is a common misconception. When doctors prescribe medication for ADHD, it can take a little while to figure out which medication works the best for your child and at what dosage. There are many medications on the market, and some may work well for some children and not others. It... More >
With all the misconceptions about ADHD, it’s hard to know what’s true and to feel understood and supported. Separating myth from fact can help you feel more confident in your ability to help your child. Myth #1: ADHD isn’t a real medical condition. Fact: The National Institutes... More >
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What Is ADHD?
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What Causes ADHD?
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If your child has been diagnosed with ADHD, you’re not alone: ADHD is one of the most common childhood brain conditions. Researchers still don’t know the exact cause, but they do know that genes, brain differences and some outside factors like prenatal exposure to smoking might in... More >
Distractibility, a main symptom of ADHD, can impact a child’s life both in and out of school. Kids with focus issues can be distracted by the littlest things—things people who don’t have focus issues or ADHD might not even notice. Here are five common distractions for kids with ... More >
Is your child easily distracted? Impulsive? Daydreamy? Hyperactive? If your child acts these ways most of the time, what you’re seeing may be signs of ADHD, a medical condition that can be helped through a variety of strategies. ADHD Symptom: ImpulsivityKids with poor impulse contr... More >
In grade school, increasing workloads can be hard for students to keep up with. For some kids, this is when symptoms of ADHD first become noticeable—and your child’s teacher may see signs before you do. The following signs are typical of ADHD, but some can also occur with other is... More >
Your child’s middle school teachers may notice her struggling more or working less. Some of the symptoms of ADHD may also occur with auditory processing disorder, executive functioning issues, anxiety disorders and mood disorders. Has Trouble Switching GearsWhat the teacher sees: Yo... More >