The inability to concentrate or sustain attention for any length oftime is undoubtedly the most disabling part of AD/HD or ADD. It often appears that children with AD/HD or ADD have associated learning difficulties and whilst this is true in some cases, in many others it is the inability to concentrate long enough to learn that causes the difficulties. These difficulties have far reaching consequences and can spread into every area of life and indeed, throughout the whole of someone's life. More and more evidence suggests that AD/HD is not merely a childhood disorder but a very real difference in the way someone thinks and learns - a lifelong condition. Children having such problems with concentrating, and thus learning, can often suffer from low self-esteem and consider themselves to be 'thick' as they frequently achieve less than their peers both socially and academically. It is imperative, therefore, to pick up these problems as early as possible and give the right support in order for children to feel good and maximize their full potential.
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