ATTENTION DEFICIT HYPERACTIVITY DISORDER
|Is My Child Hyperactive ?
Many parents find it difficult to manage thier active children. These children would be continually moving about, exploring the environment around them and in the process creating chaos. They may not be able to sit still for even a little while to concentrate on any activity. They want to be first to do anything and find it hard to wait their turn. They don't seem to get tired.
Before any active child is said to have Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (the clinical term for the significantly hyperactive child, he must show symptoms in 3 basic groups in most settings (e.g home and school).
1. High level of motor activity
Parents should be careful in not to mislabel their normal but overactive, boisterous children as being hyperactive. Depending on their age and stage of development, a certain degree of exuberance, impulsivit and playfulness are considered normal.
When your child suffers from poor achievement in school or has poor interactions with hyperactivity. Hyperactive children are often considered naughty or delinquent.
When in doubt, do check with your doctor for an evaluation.
Who Can Help My Child...?
The child who is suspected of being hyperactive should be assesssed by a doctor (general practice or pediatrics specialist). The doctor may not then refer the child for further assessment and treatment if necessary to a child psychiatrist. Other professionals who are involved in helping hyperactive children include clinical psychologist, occupational therapists and special education (remedial) teachers.
Parents can do a lot to help their hyperactive child.
Type of Treatment for the Hyperactive Child.
1. Behavioral techniques to help the child increase his self-control and
How to bring out the best in your hyperactive child...?
1. Get your child's attention first (before you begin talking). Then make
him look at you while you talk. Give clear, concise insructions.
Accept your child limitations. If you can make the best of what he has and then gradually help him improve on it, then you will be doing a good job.