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Faculty Mentors

Dr. Chrispen Matsika

Abstract

When I became on educator eight years ago, I found Attention Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (AD/HD) to be a very intriguing subject. Parents and teachers often have very strong opinions about how to handle students who show symptoms. These opinions are often very different and, if not approached in a professional manner, can damage a parent/teacher relationship. When my oldest son was in the third grade, his teacher and I discussed the fact that he had a very hard time focusing on his class work. For example, he was easily distracted by colorful maps, etc. while looking for a specific page number. As the year progressed, she began to notice other signs that pointed to AD/HD. The teacher and I kept in close contact throughout the year, but it was not until the beginning of his fourth grade year that he began to take medication to help him control his attention deficit disorder. My interest in AD/HD was truly piqued as a result of this experience and I began to collect information and teaching tips on AD/HD in hopes of helping other parents and teachers understand more about the signs and symptoms of AD/HD and how to teach these students. Rather than focusing my research on my personal child, I chose to direct the case study on a female student in my classroom at Southwest Laurens Elementary. I examined the opinion and knowledge of the general public regarding AD/HD, as well interviewed fellow teachers to gain an understanding of how equipped they feel to teach students with AD/HD. I also interviewed my student’s mother and first grade teacher.

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