ADHD & Executive Functioning

What is ADHD?

Attention deficit-hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) is a neurobiological disorder that affects 3-5% of American children. It interferes with a person’s ability to plan, organize, and exercise age appropriate judgment.

There are several types of ADHD: a predominantly inattentive subtype, a predominantly hyperactive-impulsive subtype, and a combined subtype. ADHD is usually diagnosed in childhood, although the condition can continue into the adult years. (National Institutes of Health)

How is ADHD Identified?

Some of the warning signs of ADHD include failure to listen to instructions, inability to organize oneself and school work, fidgeting with hands and feet, talking too much, leaving projects, chores, and homework unfinished, and having trouble paying attention to and responding to details.

How is ADHD Treated?

While there is no cure for ADHD most children (and later adults) are able to manage their symptoms with either behavioral support, medication, or a combination of the two. Behavioral therapy for ADHD may include simplifying tasks, adjusting the learning environment, setting achievable mini goals, and using a reward system. Common medications used to treat ADHD are stimulants that “wake up” the part of the brain that is not functioning properly and help individuals focus.

Download ADHD: Learning to Regulate Attention and Impulses (PDF) to learn more.

Does Groves Academy Offer Education Resources for ADHD?

With small class sizes and individualized attention our school is uniquely suited to serve students in 1st–12th grade who have attention disorders such as ADHD. We also offer diagnostic services and options for tutoring through The Learning Center at Groves Academy.

Where Can I Find Resources for Challenges with Executive Functioning?

The Learning Center at Groves Academy offers diagnostic evaluations and neuropsychological assessments to students of all ages. We can help determine if a student is struggling with executive functioning, or if their challenges are related to an underlying learning or attention deficit disorder. We also offer tutoring and speech-language therapy to help students overcome their learning challenges and achieve their full potential.

Download Executive Functioning: Getting from Point A to Point B (PDF) to learn more.