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The problem: Difficulty following instructions is a hallmark of attention deficit disorder (ADHD). Children with ADHD may seem to understand and even write down your directions, but will then turn in the wrong assignment or execute it incorrectly.The reason: Students with ADHD have difficulty focusing and sustaining attention.

Also, they may not be “tuned in” at that precise moment when instructions are given. Often a student will hear the teacher’s first direction, then become distracted by other thoughts or stimuli.

She may hear only bits and pieces, or hear and achieve only one of four assigned tasks. Difficulty processing language exacerbates the problem.The obstacles: A student with ADHD may leave her class assuming that she heard and “got” everything right.

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