Learning and ADHD in Children

For a child with Attention-Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder, (ADHD) learning in a traditional classroom setting can prove to be extremely difficult. If not properly addressed, these issues can be detrimental to the progress and development of a child with ADHD. Because of this, it’s important to identify how ADHD effects the learning process.

Symptoms of ADHD That May Impact the Learning Process:

Poor Concentration Skills:

Poor concentration skills can show themselves in a variety of ways. This could be characterized by a student’s inability to listen during class. They may seem to “space out” or daydream during lessons. This can also be seen in the student’s ability to notice spelling mistakes or grammar errors in their own work, showing that they lack an attention to detail in their assignments. Poor concentration can have an effect on the child’s ability to finish long assignments. They often will stop before the project is complete or move on to another task or get distracted. On a larger scale the lack of focus and concentration can make it difficult for a student to know where they stand as far as grades in a class.

Acting on Impulse:

Another symptom of ADHD that negatively effects the learning process is impulsivity. This is characterized by the student rushing through their work – or moving ahead on a project without fully reading the directions. In a classroom setting the student may have trouble waiting their turn, staying quiet during work time, or interrupting during instruction time.

Easily Frustrated:

Kids with ADHD often have trouble with emotion and get easily frustrated in a classroom setting. When working in groups, students with ADHD can be argumentative and not get along well with the other children. Kids with ADHD are easily frustrated and lash out instead of trying to find solutions or middle ground with their peers.

Knowing how ADHD affects a child’s learning process is the first step in understanding more about the disorder. Although every child is different – it’s important to recognize how the symptoms of ADHD are affecting your child’s daily life.  We are currently enrolling 4-5 year olds and 6-12 year olds with ADHD in a clinical research study. If you’d like to learn more about this opportunity or any of our other studies, please fill out the form below and a member of our staff will reach out with more information.


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Morin, Amanda. “What Teachers See: How ADHD Impacts Learning in Grade School.” Understood.org, www.understood.org/en/learning-attention-issues/child-learning-disabilities/add-adhd/what-teachers-see-how-adhd-impacts-learning-in-grade-school.