Project Proposal. Siofra Hall Jennifer Nolan Orla O’Halloran. What is ADHD. ADHD- Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder is a medical/ neurobiological condition in which the brain’s neurotransmitter chemicals, noradrenalin and dopamine do not work properly.
Siofra HallJennifer NolanOrlaO’Halloran
In Ireland there is an estimated 60,000 children who have been diagnosed with ADHD.
(however the true figure could be even higher than this, it has been claimed.)
Children with ADHD are unaware of the mess they create. At school, they are disorganised, they do not structure their work, they may have difficulty in starting work, and may be confused as to what is required of them. Books and notes are not brought home for homework, schoolbags are left on the bus and gym bags are constantly getting lost. In secondary school, having the right books and being in the right classroom at the same time is a particular problem.
Children with ADHD have a very poor sense of time. As a result, they regularly need support to help them achieve targets. They regularly procrastinate and find it hard to get tasks started. They have great difficulty in completing assignments in the time available. In exams, they spend too long on one question.
75% of parents whose children had been diagnosed with ADHD stated that their child had been diagnosed with another condition
Key themes emerged:
Are you comfortableusing other aspectsof your smartphone?
Would you invest time into learning how to use an app if it was to your benefit?
An Invisible Clock is a small device that looks a lot like a pager. It is designed to send vibrations or beep at specific intervals to help keep a person on task.
Writing aids such as voice-recognition technology help turn dictation directly into notes. Available as computer software, this assistive technology is helpful for students or employees who have difficulty sitting down for long periods of time typing papers or letters.
PDAs (personal digital assistants) can be incredibly helpful for both teenagers and adults with ADHD. Some PDAs are equipped with voice recognition for recording meetings or notes and are also ideal for dictation. The various features of these devices can be set up with audio reminders to complete tasks and keep the user focused
Using computer-aided instruction (CAI) as a tool to facilitate learning is still relatively new. The Minnesota Adult Basic Education Disabilities website explains how various components of CAI maintain or improve a person's abilities where traditional instruction has not been successful.
Examples of how CAI can help facilitate learning include animation, which activates visual learning and allows a student to see a process/concept in motion, and games, which present information in a way that is more engaging than reading from a textbook.
Meet Conor. He’s seven years old and has ADHD.He has great difficulty with remembering things in his day to day life. These can be as simple as remembering to brush his teeth, remembering to pack the right things for school. However unlike other children it will take him numerous prompts from parents to finally complete a task. This really stress’s him out as he cant understand why he isn’t able to get it done the first time.
Text message is sent to the parents phone to make sure nothing is forgotten
Research has shown that it is important for children with ADHD to have structure in their daily lives so as not to become confused or forgetful
Ashley, S. (2005). The ADD & ADHD Answer Book. Illinois: Sourcebooks Inc.
Heininger, J. E., & Weiss, S. K. (2001). From Chaos To Calm.Perigree.