Honors Senior Theses/Projects

Date of Award

Summer 2020

Exit Requirement

Undergraduate Honors Thesis/Project

Department

Honors Program

Faculty Advisor

Dan McCarthy

Honors Program Director

Dr. Gavin Keulks

Abstract

This thesis describes how educators and students alike can physically alter a learning environment to increase attention of students with ADHD. Attention deficit hyperactive disorder is a brain disorder in which there is a pattern of inattention and or hyperactivity and impulsivity that interferes with functioning. These symptoms frequently present themselves in childhood and continue into adulthood. Despite ADHD often being a lifelong disorder, the majority of research done to understand and support those with ADHD is focused on elementary-aged children. By focusing on such a young group, research has neglected students in high school and college who would be in greater need of learning strategies, symptom regulation, as well as environment and time management. Additionally, few studies are directed for adults with ADHD to manage their own behavior and symptoms. The goal of this thesis is to provide practical environment interventions to create a functional study environment that promotes attention. To accomplish this, various research has been compiled on environment factors that affect attention, productivity, and physical health. The research addressed symptoms of ADHD, how those symptoms affect school performance, and how teenagers and adults with ADHD are in need of solutions/ interventions to increase attention. To spread awareness of issues faced and solutions, compiled research was applied to create a utopian study environment for college students with ADHD.

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