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3 Major Learning Challenges of ADHD Students

At Stonewater Adolescent Recovery Center, we focus on the treatment of adolescent boys. Our treatment programs include addiction recovery and mental health disorders such as Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder or ADHD. Learn more about our dual diagnosis ADHD treatment program, and dedicated programs for students with learning challenges by calling 662.373.2828 today.

When Are Children Diagnosed With ADHD?

Children with ADHD typically show signs of the disorder before they go to school. However, in school, they may have trouble meeting the academic expectations of their teachers. In addition to learning challenges, ADHD students often exhibit behavioral issues that disrupt the classroom and require intervention. ADHD is often one of the first diagnoses when classroom behavior or poor performance develops. If a child cannot sit still, blurts out answers without waiting to be called on, doesn't finish assignments, or seems to daydream all day, they may have ADHD. However, there are several mental disorders that could also account for this behavior, including trauma and anxiety. Teachers and parents should seek a professional evaluation regarding their ADHD students. With the proper therapy and medication, these children can often perform well in school.

Three Causes of ADHD Learning Challenges

Three kinds of behavior create learning challenges for ADHD students. They include hyperactivity, inattention, and impulsivity. All young children occasionally have issues with following instructions and paying attention to parents and teachers at some point. However, those with ADHD exhibit extreme behavior in these areas compared to other children their age. These symptoms of ADHD vary from one child to the next. Some children are more inattentive than hyperactive or impulsive. However, most children with ADHD exhibit a combination of all three behaviors. This makes it hard for them to get through the school day. Here are behaviors people associate with each of these learning challenges.

Inattentive Symptoms of ADHD:

  • Careless mistakes on assignments
  • Easily distracted
  • Difficulty following the teacher's instructions
  • Doesn't listen when addressed directly
  • Has organizational issues with assignments and belongings
  • Fails to finish assignments in class
  • Resists assignments that require sustained attention
  • Loses books, jackets, backpacks, and sports equipment frequently

Hyperactive Symptoms of ADHD:

  • Fidgets and squirms frequently
  • Has difficulty remaining and their seats
  • Unable to play quietly
  • Extremely impatient
  • Talks excessively

Impulsive Symptoms of ADHD:

  • Blurts out answers
  • Climbs and runs at inappropriate times
  • Intrudes on others' conversations
  • Interrupts activities of others
It's important to keep in mind that some children are high energy or impulsive by nature. That doesn't mean that these children have ADHD. In fact, misdiagnoses are common. It may be a good idea to seek a second opinion from the qualified therapist at Stonewater Adolescent Recovery Center.

ADHD and Substance Abuse Treatment Available

If your teen has ADHD and substance abuse disorders, they need to receive treatment for both disorders to fully recover. At Stonewater Adolescent Recovery Center, our dual diagnosis treatment program addresses both ADHD and co-occurring drug and alcohol abuse. We address both ADHD and substance abuse so that your son can have the best opportunity for lifelong recovery. Moreover, we can teach your teen better coping mechanisms for their ADHD. We have treated many ADHD students at Stonewater Adolescent Recovery Center. Find out more about our comprehensive boys' substance use treatment center.

Contact Stonewater Adolescent Recovery Center Today

Those who have ADHD also have a high risk of developing drug or alcohol use disorders. Our dual diagnosis rehab program treats ADHD and helps your child become drug and alcohol-free. This makes the recovery process more productive and puts them on the right path to clean and sober living. We have an inpatient care program that provides around the clock support for your son during detox and recovery. In addition, we offer family therapy, which is an important part of our recovery program. It also gives you a chance to take part in your child's healing process. We also offer a range of other therapeutic treatments, including:
  • Cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT) program
  • Dialectical behavior therapy (DBT) program
  • Art therapy program
  • Music therapy program
  • Equine-assisted therapy program
If you're ready for your teen to overcome ADHD and substance abuse, contact us at 662.373.2828 to begin the enrollment process today.