ADHD Awareness

ADHD Month


October 2016

The Norwalk Board of Education recognizes October as National ADHD Awareness Month to bring awareness to the issues surrounding Attention Deficit and Hyperactivity Disorder.  

ADHD is one of the most common neurodevelopmental disorders of childhood. It is usually first diagnosed in childhood and often lasts into adulthood.   The terms ADHD and ADD both refer to the same disorder, with the only difference being that some people have attention deficit and hyperactivity, while others do not.  

No matter what it’s called, ADHD affects people of every age, gender, IQ, and social-economic background, although boys are diagnosed 2-3 times more often than girls.  According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the percentage of children with an ADHD diagnosis continues to increase, from 7.8% in 2003 to 9.5% in 2007, and to 11% in 2011.  

We know ADHD can create problems for students in school, at home, and with friends, and can impact the chances of a student succeeding.  Children with ADHD may have trouble paying attention, controlling impulsive behaviors or be overly active. Children with ADHD are often faced with a number of simultaneous challenges, including anxiety, depression, sleep disorders and more.  

The good news is that when children, teens, and adults are diagnosed early and receive treatment, they can lead more fulfilling lives.  

By declaring this ADHD Awareness Month, the Board of Education encourages the community to learn more about how to recognizing and respond to the signs and symptoms of ADHD. 

Below are some useful links for Norwalk families.