Rethinking Attention Deficit Disorders

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Typically, the study and treatment of attention deficit disorders have focused largely on impulsivity and hyperactivity - the most visible behavioral signs of the disorder. But as the authors point out, attention dysfunction involves much more than (mis)behaviors: many elements of cognitive, affective, social, and personal functioning are implicated. Seemingly maladaptive activity often represents ADD children's attempts to attain/maintain stability within and unstable attentional system.
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A book for teachers, parents, and practitioners views attention deficit disorders (ADDs) from a systems perspective that sees attention as a complex, self-organizing system that is nonlinear and recursive in its functioning, and ADDs as cognitive disorders based in neurological function that affect all forms of thought. The authors describe methods of intervention that complement the individual's own efforts at self-regulation, and offer practical suggestions for supporting the ADD child in school. Annotation c. by Book News, Inc., Portland, Or.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781571290373
  • Publisher: Brookline Books, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 4/1/1997
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 272
  • Product dimensions: 7.13 (w) x 9.95 (h) x 0.66 (d)

Table of Contents

1 Attention or Behavior? 1
2 Attention Deficit: The Disorder 14
3 The Nature of Attention 31
4 Attention as Self-Regulation 56
5 Motivation: An Emergent Property 81
6 Medication Effects on the Regulation of Cognition 97
7 Social and Emotional Aspects of the Attentional Network 109
8 Classrooms and Attention Deficit Disorders 125
9 Reading and Attention 146
10 Attention and Written Language 168
11 Mathematics and Attention 200
12 Summary and Directions for Intervention 228
References 238
Appendix A 256
Index 257
About the Authors 273
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