Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder or ADHD is a common psychiatric condition. ADHD is prevalent in averaging 2-3% of the world’s population, and 1.7%-16% in Singapore. ADHD has a great impact on academic and social aptitudes. Children suffering from ADHD are different from their normal peers. They give little or no response to extraneous stimuli. No specific cause is cited for their behavior and, generally, the diagnosis of ADHD ends up with labeling the behavior.
You can observe behaviors but testing or measuring behavior is difficult. These put the parents in a tough situation. They can either put the child in a controlled environment or seek out medical treatment. Unfortunately, none of these entails a sustainable improvement in learning abilities or gives rise to a realistic hope for better quality of life.
Intervention programs such as Sensory Integration, Brain and Focus Training, and award winning Tomatis® Method Listening Therapy can help your child to focus better and not be distracted by the environment around them.
Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) can be identified through various symptoms displayed by a child. ADHD is a complex neurodevelopmental disorder, it usually emerges predominantly in early childhood before seven years old and impairs responses from speech to attentiveness to socialization.
ADHD is classified as the following types:
People have a misconception that an ADHD child is always out of control, however, the reality is more deep-seated than that. Look out for these symptoms if you are concerned that your child may have ADHD.
Children with ADHD mostly lack social skills. They are unable to recognize the needs and desires of social situations amongst those around them.
Children have a lot of energy, however, if a child is excessively energetic such that they constantly fidget and squirm, they are unable to sit still or always reach out to touch things, it may be a sign of overactivity – another symptom of ADHD.
Impulsiveness does not only mean risk-taking behavior. Sometimes a kid shows signs of impatience like interrupting others mid-sentence and intrudes in on the conversation. This may be because the child is unable to restrict their speech or control their words and emotions.
Children with ADHD find it difficult to control their emotions leading to frustrated or angry outbursts, they may also suffer from frequent mood swings from time to time.
The lack of focus is a strong sign of ADHD, the child has problems paying attention in classes or lessons and is unable to repeat what has been just said. They may shift to other distractions leaving a task unfinished to do other things instead.
Quite often, ADHD children might be impatient or find it difficult to wait for their turn while playing with others. They struggle to stay calm in most leisure activities as well.
Children with ADHD are not always loud and over-energetic. Sometimes they are quiet and get less involved. They may be found looking wistful and staring into space, unconcerned by events around them.
Distractibility, also known as a fleeting attention span, is a key symptom of ADHD. This happens when the child is unable to filter out external stimuli for concentration. The child straddles another task without completing the first or frequently shifts from one subject to another while communicating.
Children with ADHD often find it difficult to keep track of their activities. They fail to manage a task sequentially and have problems storing things where they should be. They are also unable to prioritize tasks and meet deadlines.
They forget the essentials like doing daily chores, homework, etc. They often lose their toys, pencils, and other belongings.
Children may display the various symptoms to different degrees, and each child will display a different set of symptoms. If the symptoms persist for over a period of 6 months, and before the child is 7 years old, there may be a possibility that the child has ADHD, and the child should be professionally evaluated and treated as soon as possible.
More symptoms and signs of Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder in children can be found here in our blog article.
If you have noticed any of the above symptoms in your child and are concerned that they may have ADHD, you may contact us and arrange a free consultation with our Senior Brain expert for professional advice and intervention strategies.
Intervention programs are effective treatment plans for children with ADHD and generally more effective with a combination of strategies and specialized treatment. Training programs will be customized and tailored to your child’s needs after a comprehensive evaluation is done by our brain specialists.
Recommended treatment programs for children with ADHD are developmental and cognitive training which includes Sensory Integration, Brain and Focus Training, and award winning Tomatis® Method Listening Therapy. Each program emphasizes on development of the brain and overcoming the struggles and difficulties faced by your child. Mainly cognitive, academic, and social. Read more about each program to find the most suitable therapy for your child.
These programs focus on helping your child develop and enhance their abilities to process and learn new skills, overcome challenges, and improve overall psychological well-being. Ideally, intervention programs over time are effective in managing the symptoms they face and enhance a wide range of skills.
Although ADHD has been known to affect individuals throughout their lifespan, intervention treatment programs can help to manage and even reduce symptoms, strengthen social skills, and improve self-esteem. Early intervention exposes children with ADHD to coping mechanisms and strategies to manage their symptoms from a young age, where these children go on to live happy and contented lives.
If you are concerned that your child has ADHD, observe his/her symptoms, and make an appointment with a specialist for a consultation as other conditions can cause similar symptoms but that does not always mean that your child has ADHD.
Most children would have symptoms of both Inattentive and Hyperactive ADHD, which is called combined ADHD.
Attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) is a neurodevelopmental disorder that affects both children and adults. The exact cause of ADHD is not known, but studies have shown that ADHD can be caused by these factors:
Although ADHD cannot be prevented or cured, it is critical to catch on earlier than later. As early intervention therapy and treatment can be of substantial help to manage symptoms and to help a child function well day to day in school, as well as in social settings. Untreated ADHD increases risks of psychiatric disorders such as depression, anxiety, and drug abuse. Schedule an appointment here.
ADHD treatments usually consists of medication, education, behavioral and psychological intervention programs. Depending on the severity of the condition, more often than not, therapy and intervention programs are effective in treating ADHD. As it enhances brain functions and reframes their thought process, therapy and intervention programs are usually sufficient to achieve long term improvements without the negative side effects from medications.
Singapore Brain Centre offers a more helpful and promising solution to ADHD students and their parents with expert professional guidance and consultation. The broad, multi-skill exercises, developed by the Centre, have the power to strengthen attention skills.
Here are some key areas our program offers to lessen the symptoms of ADHD:
Schedule a free consultation for your child, and our experts will work out the best solution from our wide range of early intervention therapies and programs offered at Singapore Brain Development Centre.
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