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     edHelper's suggested reading level:   grades 5 to 7
     Flesch-Kincaid grade level:   5.6

     challenging words:    awash, impossibly, impulsive, inattention, paperclips, herbal, excess, cope, successful, outdoor, syllable, schoolwork, behavior, acronym, spans, assignment
     content words:    Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder, Animal Assisted Therapy

By Brenda B. Covert

1     We are awash in a sea of acronyms. An acronym [AK-ruh-nim] is a word formed from the first letter or letters of each word in a compound term. Have you heard of the NFL or the NBA? A sports fan would know those. Animal lovers know what PETA and ASPCA mean. There are many acronyms that are used for many different things. There are a lot of acronyms used by medical professionals. ADHD is an acronym that is used to describe some people. It stands for Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder. This fifteen-syllable term describes the high energy, impulsive behavior, and inattention that can cause problems for those affected. Adults with ADHD may have problems maintaining personal relationships. They may also have trouble at work. Kids with ADHD sometimes have a difficult time in school.
2     Experts say that around 11% of school children have ADHD. It's more common among boys than girls. Teachers can tell which students have ADHD. Sitting still is really hard for them to do. They may miss instructions and need to be told more than once how to complete an assignment. Kids with ADHD have short attention spans. They may be distracted by every sight, sound, and smell. Their minds seem to always be churning. They often don't think ahead to the consequences of what they just impulsively decided to do.
3     Students with ADHD may be treated for this disorder in several ways. No one way works for everyone. The most common treatment is medicine that can be given to the child once or more each day. Some parents find that symptoms decrease if their child avoids certain foods. Some parents find that herbal remedies work for their child. Others use consistent discipline and rewards to help the child learn to control his behavior. One of the most interesting ways to treat ADHD is to provide plenty of "outdoor green time." Nature seems to have a calming effect on some people! The other treatment is called animal assisted therapy. Experts have found that petting and caring for animals helps some children become calmer and better able to control their own behavior.

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