With a name that’s 50-66% “deficit disorder,” it’s easy to focus on all the negatives and problems that attention deficit hyperactivity disorder can bring. However, there are many positives we can focus on too.
• A classroom with 30 students will have between 1 to 3 children with ADHD
• Boys are diagnosed with ADHD 3 times more often than girls
• Emotional development in children with ADHD is 30% slower than in their non-ADD peers. This means that a child that is 10 years old will have the emotional development of a 7 year old, a 20 year old will have the emotional maturity of a 14 year old.
• One fourth of children with ADHD have serious learning disabilities such as: oral expression, listening skills, reading comprehension, and/or math
• 65% of children with ADHD exhibit problems in defiance or problems with authority figure. This can include verbal hostility and temper tantrums.
• 70% of boys diagnosed with ADD/ADHD have hyperactivity
• 60% of girls diagnosed with ADD/ADHD have hyperactivity
• 50% of children with ADHD experience sleep problems
We have to remember that for every negative, there are two or three positives. The following list is far from complete.
Forgives mistakes easily, sensitive, compassionate, empathetic with the feeling of others, feels things deeply, doesn’t harbor resentment, charming personality, warmhearted, good judge of character, charismatic, outgoing, personable/perceptually acute/intuitive, observant, sees unique relationship between people and things, hardworking, dreamers, fast thinking, creative in nature, energetic, athletic, adaptable, optimistic, open-minded, trusting, and many more.