Attacking ADD through knowledge and prayer

Published 12:14 pm Tuesday, May 5, 2009

I’m a single parent blessed with three children, whom I love with all of my heart. I’m ever aware of the responsibility to protect, support and guide them as they grow. I strive to become wise when problems arise concerning their sense of well-being.

My son was diagnosed with Attention Deficit Disorder (ADD) at the age of 6. Attention Deficit Hyperactive Disorder (ADHD) is more popular and is more likely to receive immediate recognition since classrooms are disrupted by hyper and impulsive behavior. My son suffers from the predominantly inattentive type. Unfortunately, this type of ADD doesn’t show significant hyperactive impulsive behavior, allowing him to become overlooked and misunderstood.

Some symptoms include: Disorganization, unmotivation, slow to complete class work, vague short-term memory, distracts easily, day dreaming and inability to remain consistent in daily activities. This causes confusion for his teachers, sometimes forcing him to falsely appear that he is not trying.

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ADD can stick with a person for their entire life span. Education is a must for providing a successful and fulfilling life. Lack of knowledge is a severe handicap. I strongly suggest raising the public’s awareness about this disorder.

My prayer request is for teachers to become educated on ADD. As for all students who show strong signs of ADD symptoms; be tested and treated with total participation from school systems to provide proper teaching techniques for each ADD individual’s needs in learning.

Knowledge is the first step toward helping those affected with ADD to be identified. In learning, we will also be helping ourselves. Everyone is affected when someone suffers from ADD. All the family members, peers, teachers and most of all—the sufferer.

The more we know, the more we can do; aren’t our children worth it?

Sincerely,Kim BarrettOchlocknee, Ga.