Jul 192014
 

I recently heard a description of ADD that I thought wonderfully apropos.  Given the label “Attention Deficit Disorder,” many people assume that people diagnosed with ADD have difficulty paying attention to anything, that they are easily distracted.  However, as the description I heard put it, people with ADD tendencies aren’t easily distracted, they are easily fascinated.  They can focus with such absolute concentration that they fail to notice a teacher trying to get their attention, the time, the class going on around them, and even alarms, sirens, and in at least one case a bloody cut from broken glass.  What they do find difficult is controlling what they focus on at any given time.  This is where removing possible “distractions” becomes important; by removing competing sources of fascination, a tutor can help a student with ADD tendencies direct their focus.

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