What is ADHD?

If you have attention deficit hyperactive disorder (ADHD), you may have lots of energy and find it difficult to concentrate. It can be hard to control your speech and actions.

ADHD is the most common behavioural disorder in children. It usually starts at about 18 months old, but symptoms usually become noticeable between the ages of 3 and 7.

We don't know what causes ADHD but experts think it runs in families. It could also be caused by an imbalance in brain chemicals.
A related condition, ADD (attention deficit disorder) has similar symptoms, but there is less hyperactivity and the main problem is difficulty concentrating.

Symptoms of ADHD include:

  • feeling restless or fidgety
  • talking a lot and interrupting
  • becoming easily distracted
  • finding it hard to concentrate
  • saying or doing things without thinking

ADD/ADHD and RNIB Bookshare

Under the terms of The Copyright and Related Rights (Marrakesh Treaty etc.) (Amendment) Regulations 2018ADD/ADHD is defined as a print disability. This means that a learner with ADD/ADHD is entitled to use RNIB Bookshare to access the curriculum and leisure titles they want to read.

As a learner with ADD/ADHD you may find it easier to use our accessible electronic files of titles you need on a tablet or other elctronic device. You can then listen to, or change how you view the text in terms of font colour and style and background. You could also modify the title to print out and read, whatever works best for you.

If you need any help in using the titles, please just get in contact with us.

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