marked behavioral trait of any child is impulsiveness. There are many times
when a child’s behavior veers out of control. And at other times he/she may
seem to be constantly day dreaming.
behaviors are usually quite harmless and a part of growing up. It is only when
such behavior becomes repetitive and starts interfering with normal day to day
life, is when parents have cause to worry. ADHD usually affects children more
than adults and 4 % of all children suffer from some type of ADHD. A real
diagnosis is only given by a child psychiatrist.
What is ADHD? Attention Deficit
ADHD is a
condition of the brain that makes it difficult for children to control their
behavior. It is one of the most common chronic conditions of childhood. ADHD is
diagnosed in about 3 times more boys than girls.
condition affects behavior in specific ways.
But how to determine if a child has ADHD. Here are a few symptoms of
hard time paying attention and day dreams
seem to listen very often
distracted from work and play
to detail, silly mistakes
avoids doing things that require mental effort
in constant motion, as if driven by a motor
and fidgets constantly
jumps and climbs things despite not being permitted to do so
and speaks without thinking
around without checking surroundings first
before the question is complete
with ADHD may not show all of the above symptoms. If a parent or the child’s
teacher observes any symptoms, the initial intervention is to be made by the Pediatrician.
Unless and otherwise diagnosed and certified by a psychiatrist, the child is
not labeled as having ADHD.
happen to interact with a child who seems to be hyperactive, here are a few tips:
not use the word “do not”, instead put your instructions in a positive note
simple instructions to divert the attention
the child throws tantrums, just ignore the tantrum and try diverting
embarrass the parent by staring or giving suggestions. Parents are the best
teachers in this situation.
article has been written courtesy Ms. Abirami Umashankar, Special Educator at
MLZS HSR Extension. Through her valued insights and
continuous support, we have been able to nurture a successful inclusive
environment at Mount Litera Zee School HSR.