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Professional Development Course on Catering for Diversity in English Language Teaching ENG5315 The Characteristics of Diversity Session 4 Understanding ADHD: Characteristics and impacts upon language learning and behaviour Prepared by Ruby Yang, Department of English, The Hong Kong Institute of Education
Impulsivity: inability to regulate emotions and behaviour
The impulsive student may drop pens and leave homework and classwork everywhere
No signs of inattention
Key facts of ADHD Hyperactivity often diminishes by puberty. However, inattentiveness and impulsivity remain. 70-80% of children with ADHD have persistent difficulties into adulthood. ADHD and dyslexia co-occur in 30-50% of cases.
Think about a student in your class/school who is an AD/HD student or likely to have AD/HD. Based on the “Criteria for Attention Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder”, see how many symptoms of inattention and/or hyperactivity-impulsivity the student has. Are his/her problems persistent and pervasive?