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Children with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) require special care. This article describes ADHD, illustrates main points with case examples, and provides guidelines for parents and professionals. The article covers neurobiology, executive function, attachment, trauma, and self-regulation (NEATS).

Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) affects up to five percent of all children in the United States. The gender ratio is about five boys to every girl. The origins of ADHD are not known definitively, but genetics may be factors for a large percentage of children with ADHD. Environmental factors such as maternal smoking and stress during pregnancy could also contribute to ADHD.

Although there are other types of ADHD, such as attention issues without hyperactivity and hyperactivity without attention issues, the type of ADHD discussed in the present discussion focuses on the combined type that includes issues with attention, activity, and impulse. The material is applicable to the other types with some adjustments.

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