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11. What are some common real-life behaviors or symptoms of
children or adults with ADD, ADHD, or Dyslexia?
Usually the child or adult appears to be bright to a family
member (parent, grandparent, sibling or spouse) or employer or work associate, but they often manifest some of the following outward behaviors or
characteristics. The following list
is quite extensive and each individual is different. Not all will apply.
Has trouble with reading, writing or spelling.
May enjoy reading, but has trouble extracting the
important points, or with spelling and writing.
Struggles in school across a range of subjects.
Struggles in most subjects except in the arts or
Often is creative (nothing wrong with that).
Is behind their peers by two or more grade levels, esp.
Canít stay on task.
Difficulty focusing or sequencing.
Poor follow-through, being easily distracted
Often loses things.
Difficulty waiting, sitting still and being quiet
May interrupt or intrude on others, blurt or talk
May fail to pay attention to details-thus making
Mind may blank under stress.
Canít remember simple instructions.
Instructions seem to go in one ear and out the other.
Canít understand consequences. Punishment and rewards donít seem to have much impact.
Takes too long to do their homework or work assignment.
Often doesnít turn in their homework.
Has trouble socially, is socially inept, intrudes into
other peopleís spaces, may be the class or office clown.
Is prone to angry outbursts.
Canít stay in their seat at school.
Canít understand or deal with the concept of authority.
Has trouble remembering which direction is left or
Prefers learning by doing (hands on) as opposed to
reading or listening.
As the children get older and move into adolescence,
they become more withdrawn, have more angry outbursts, lose motivation.
Seems to have an ďI donít care attitudeĒ.
Lies, cheats or steals.
May have speech impediments, but speech therapy
didnít work as effectively as hoped.
May have hearing problems or auditory discrimination
May have had frequent ear infections as a child, tubes
put in and/or suffered some hearing loss.
May have eyesight problems and vision therapy didnít
work as effectively as hoped.
Adults and teens may have problems with holding down a job,
staying on task, anger management problems, addictions, spelling problems,
slow readers, trouble making decisions, sees things disproportionate to what
they really are (i.e., blows things out of proportion), procrastinates, gets
easily distracted, has trouble completing projects that they start, has
trouble with directions.
Younger children may be quite pleasant and want to
please or as they age, they may be resistive to parental or school
authority. If they have entered
their teenage years, they often have given up trying, and have lost a lot of
Teens who have had a history of mental processing
inabilities may manifest them in behavioral issues and personality concerns
including: anger, violence, depression, a poor self image, frustration and
irritability, laziness, sullenness, stubbornness, tenseness, fear of new
situations and being highly self-critical. They often feel overwhelmed,
appear sad or unhappy and are easily tearful.
They may escape by day dreaming and have begun some lying.
An additional note on addictions: When the brain
is processing inefficiently, this results in a chronic stressful state,
producing a bio-chemical imbalance which can often lead to feelings of
depression and anxiety. In order to overcome these feelings, the
person will often engage in addictive type behaviors (generally producing an
endorphin rush), such as the use of drugs (either illicit or prescription),
alcohol, engage in body piercing or self-mutilation, tattooing, sex or heavy
metal rock music. By addressing the neurological inefficiency, the
biochemical imbalance often resolves, reducing depression and anxiety and
eliminating the need for the addictive behavior. The recidivism rate
for our program graduates (the rate of going back to the addictive behavior)
is very low. Deal with the cause, and the symptoms go away!
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