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HADD's mission is to make life better for people affected by ADHD

The increase in age for onset of ADHD symptoms was undertaken in DSM-V in recognition of the fact that a significant number of individuals do not show overt symptoms until the demands of the environment exceed the ability of the person's brain to adjust to them. It is not uncommon, for example. for children entering secondary school to begin to experience significant attention and concentration deficits. This is often because the intense work load they face is something their brain cannot process adequately.

What is ADHD Voice?

Student voice refers to a collection of practices and techniques used to elicit students’ perceptions and experiences of educational structures and practices (Thomas, 2011). ADHD voice is student voice activities involving students with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD).

Cillian is a student of Engineering and Communications at NUI Maynooth. He was diagnosed with ADHD when he was 8. He shares his story and experiences of living with ADHD.

The mission of HADD Ireland is to make life easier for people with ADHD. We believe that there is nothing more powerful than people telling their own stories. Why? Because it helps to break the stigma associated with ADHD.

In the classroom environment, teachers can help create a focus for children with ADHD by implementing several structures into their daily practice. According to O’Regan (2006), if the key to buying and selling property is ‘location, location, and location’, then the key to teaching children with ADHD is ‘structure, structure and structure”. These structures may include the use of a regular timetable, the presentation of new material in a step-by-step manner and the provision of short, clear instructions.

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