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If you are a young person who has ADHD, you may find it challenging to concentrate in school.
Here, we explain what ADHD is, how it can affect your learning and share what help is available.
What is ADHD?
ADHD affects how a person’s brain works. One way we’ve heard it being described is that having ADHD is like having a ‘racing car brain’.
Sometimes your brain can feel like it’s going really, really fast.
The problem is, sometimes it can go a bit too fast and you can find it difficult to slow it down.
This can lead to feeling like you have more energy than others and you might struggle to sit still. You might also find it hard to pay attention to what people are saying and get more distracted.
If you have ADHD you might also:
- feel disorganised
- find time-management difficult
- struggle to complete tasks
- feel like it’s hard to follow instructions or directions
- be impulsive (meaning you sometimes do things without thinking about it)
- be more likely to take risks
- lose or misplace possessions regularly
- find that you are more productive in short bursts
- experience ‘hyperfocus’ – this is when someone has an intense fixation on an interest or activity for an extended period of time.
It’s important to remember that everyone can feel like this from time to time. But for someone with ADHD they can experience these symptoms most or all the time.
It’s also important to be aware that not everyone who has ADHD experiences it in the same way.
How people experience ADHD can vary at different times and in different environments.
How can my school help?
If you have ADHD one of the ways you can get help in school is through Additional Support for Learning (ASL).
If you are finding it hard to focus on your learning, it’s important to let your school know so that they can provide you with the support you need.
You can do this by talking to a class teacher or your school guidance teacher. They should then be able to help you access the right support and work with you to create a personalised plan that meets your needs. For example, a quiet study space or more regular breaks throughout the day.
Want to find out more about struggling to concentrate in school?
Check out our tips to help you focus on this page 🙂