e similar to natural hyperactivity but in greater degrees, to the extent of creating a real handicap for children in performing their day-to-day activities .”( p-9).Because certain similarities in hyperactivity exist in a normal child and a child with ADHD some people hold the view that ADHD can be handled with behavior therapies and other psychological counseling.
In SEN magazine, a magazine for special education needs, there is a question put up to Dr.Christine Merrell (a member of National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence- NICE) whether she views ADHD as not a medical condition but children behaving badly. She clarifies that it is not caused by “bad parenting” as is considered in one of the many myths regarding ADHD but “ADHD is a real disorder with real consequences for the child affected and their family and not simply a case of bad behavior” and if ignored “can have serious implications for the child in later life.”(23 Aug 2009). Dr.Merrell suggests drug treatment for children with ADHD which should be a part of comprehensive treatment plan that includes psychological, behavioural and educational advice and interventions.
In the book “Teaching Young Children with ADHD”, there is an explanation of the role of neurotransmitters – dopamine and norepinephrine – in ADHD and how the medicines for ADHD act on them. There is a quotation in this book from Garber, Garber, and Spizman’s “Beyond Ritalin (1996) –“Learning occurs after an electrical impulse produced by a stimulus is transmitted and moves across a neuron- synaptic course several times. If in ADHD these neural bridges are blocked or incomplete, whatever is being learned does not become automatic.” The medicines of ADHD regulate norepinephrine and dopamine levels thereby improving brain function and self-control which directly help in academics.
In children with ADHD, there is a lack of math and reading ability and fine motor skills which prove to be