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Skills That Can Be Affected by ADHD

By Amanda Morin

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You may already know the major symptoms of attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder. But how do they impact your child’s abilities, whether at home or school? Here are some of the skills that may be affected by ADHD.

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Skills That Can Be Affected by ADHD

ADHD doesn’t only affect the ability to focus. Here’s a look at the kinds of skills ADHD can affect.

Concentration
What this means:Being able to focus her attention on something and hold that level of interest and engagement.
This affects the ability to:
• Keep a train of thought
• See projects through to the end
• Follow directions

Organization
What this means:Being able to organize her thoughts, belongings and personal space, and plan and carry out ideas.
This affects the ability to:
• Recall key information and important details
• Keep track of items needed for a task
• Manage time effectively

Impulse Control
What this means: Being able to calm down, control impulses and see the impact of her behavior on others.
This affects the ability to:
• Filter inappropriate thoughts before speaking
• Delay gratification
• Show good judgment and avoid danger

Physical Control
What this means: Being able to control her body movement, activity level and how much and fast she talks.
This affects the ability to:
• Judge how much space to give other people
• Stay still and not touch things
• Stop talking and take turns in conversation
Graphic of Skills That Can Be Affected by ADHD
Graphic of Skills That Can Be Affected by ADHD

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About the Author

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Amanda Morin

A parent advocate and former teacher, Amanda Morin is the proud mom of kids with learning and attention issues and the author of The Everything Parent’s Guide to Special Education.

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Reviewed by Elizabeth Harstad, M.D., M.P.H. Mar 09, 2014 Mar 09, 2014

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