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ADHD & ADD EXPLAINED

DEFINED BY IMPAIRING LEVELS OF INATTENTION, DISORGANISATION AND/OR IMPULSIVITY

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ADHD & ADD OVERVIEW

ADHD =

Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder

ADD  =

Attention

Deficit

Disorder

There is no cure but there are a number of treatments

Is a developmental condition and cannot be acquired

3% of UK population of all ages have ADD or ADHD whether diagnosed or not

Many successful people including Thomas Edison, Rory Bremner and Richard Branson

Not corollated to intelligence. Many very intelligent people have ADHD or ADD

Both male and females have ADHD or ADD in the same quantity and presentation

More males are diagnosed than females, many diagnosed in later life as adults

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WHAT TO CONSIDER WHEN COMMUNICATING WITH PEOPLE WITH ADHD & ADD

Most mediums are generally fine

Videos and face-to-face conversations are better than emails

Will lose interest in reading long pieces of text

Likely to get distracted whilst reading

Working memory difficulties mean it takes longer to read

Back up conversations with emails or in writing so that nothing is forgotten

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ADHD & ADD PRESENTATION INCLUDES

May struggle with time by losing track even with good intelligence and being able to read the time

Levers of difficulties are not under self-control

Difficulties with putting thoughts on to paper, even when know what to write

Associated sensory issues including noise, smell and light

Distracted by physical objects, people and also own thoughts

Multi-layered spectrum disorder and each person will present different from the other

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SOME OF THE MANY STRENGTHS

OF ADD & ADHD

The ADHD brain is tuned for performing well and thriving on a crisis

Much more likely to take calculated risks than others

The condition helps to push boundaries

Much more likely to be honest than others without the condition

Have a lot more energy

and are able to find creative solutions to problems

Ability to hyper-focus but only if they have a passion for that they need to focus on

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A FEW REASONABLE ADJUSTMENTS FOR PEOPLE WITH ADHD & ADD

Takes longer to complete a task so extra time should be given where required

People with ADHD are much better at sprints rather than marathons so break down large projects into mini projects

Allow lots of mini-wins to keep the person with ADHD interested in the task

Shorter deadlines produce better results for a person with ADHD & ADD, this is a crisis which enables focus

Always ensure you clarify expectations in person and by email / writing

Allow tasks to be done on paper rather than just screen