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Attention Deficit Disorder


How much better would your child feel if they could focus and pay attention better? Your child could have Attention Deficit Disorder (ADD or ADHD) if they:

  • Find it hard to stay focussed
  • Have problems organising themselves (messy room?)
  • Often forget their belongings
  • Don’t remember instructions
  • Are impulsive
  • Can’t sit still for long
  • Find it hard to take their turn
  • Seem to daydream

Your child’s attention can be improved in just 3 – 4 months using the LearnFast programs.

Does your child have an attention Problem?

Some attention problems are very obvious. You can see from your child’s behaviours that they certainly struggle with attention. However, there are some children who might seem to be able to concentrate for long periods on things that interest them, but can still have ADHD.

For example, even if your child can focus for extended periods of time doing Lego or drawing, they may have difficulty sustaining attention in the classroom, and focussing on learning tasks. If this is your child, he or she could be categorised as having an attention difficulty.

Complete the form to find out how you can help your child.

Two Types of Attention Disorder

There are two distinct types of Attention Deficit Disorder. In both the main symptom is difficulty sustaining attention, particularly for learning tasks.

The two types are known as:

1. Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder

This is most commonly recognised type of ADHD. If your child has this type, they will have a short attention span, distractibility and impulsivity. Some of these children are also hyperactive.

2. Attention Deficit Disorder (Predominately Inattentive Presentation)

If teachers describe your child as a “daydreamer”, they may have this type of Attention Deficit Disorder. These children are not impulsive or hyperactive but they do have difficulty keeping up their attention for learning and can be easily distracted.

The only way to know if you child really has a diagnosed attention disorder is to have them assessed by a developmental paediatrician or an educational psychologist.

Attention, Executive Function & Learning Difficulties

Children with ADHD also have difficulty with executive function. The executive functions occur in our brains and include planning, organisation and “working memory”.

This means they have particularly difficulty planning and organising their daily schedule, and keeping track of their belongings. This also impact on their ability to plan and organise written language tasks such as writing stories and composing essays.


This means they have particularly difficulty planning and organising their daily schedule, and keeping track of their belongings. This also impact on their ability to plan and organise written language tasks such as writing stories and composing essays.

Children with ADHD often have learning difficulties, because it is very hard for them to learn if they can’t pay attention.

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