The Impact of Attention-Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) on Learning in Children


Children with Attention-Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) commonly struggle in academic institutions as they face symptoms of hyperactivity, impulsivity, and other traits that prohibit them from succeeding in academics. Children with ADHD may also exhibit behavioral issues such as hostility and aggression towards their peers that may diminish interpersonal relationships with peers and parents. Such issues can cause learning difficulties in children with ADHD as it is difficult to stay still, focus, and listen to teachers in academic settings. Interviews conducted by a clinician are the first step towards an ADHD diagnosis. An ADHD diagnosis is important because the disorder can disrupt everyday functioning, so it is essential to provide effective treatment as soon as possible to repair the necessary functioning of the individual. Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), social skills training, and medication are all treatments that are effective in managing ADHD. With the correct treatment, children with ADHD could have improved learning and attention within the classroom.


Neuropsychological testing has become more popular over the years for diagnosing ADHD in children. Neuropsychological testing includes tasks that can be used to test for cognitive deficits as well as to observe attention span and impulsivity. In more recent years, Virtual Reality (VR)

has been introduced into the clinical setting to provide new and unique opportunities for assessments of ADHD. Individuals can use VR to simulate real-life by interacting with objects in a 3D landscape. Clinicians can use 3D objects in a virtual world to assess the cognitive processes in patients and gather results to help support an ADHD diagnosis (Zulueta et al., 2019).

Shaw, Jessica J. (2022) «The Impact of Attention-Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) on Learning in Children,» The Confluence: Vol. 2: Iss. 1, Article 4.

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