Help for ADHD and Attention Issues
Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder or ADHD is a common psychiatric condition. ADHD is prevalent in averaging 2-3% of the world’s population and has a great impact on academic and social aptitudes. Children suffering from ADHD are different from their normal peers. They give little or no responses 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 only 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 life quality.
But what is ADHD?
Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) can be identified through various symptoms displayed by a child. It is a complex neurodevelopment disorder. Usually, it becomes predominant in early childhood before seven years and impairs responses from speech to attentiveness to socialization.
Types of ADHD
ADHD is classified as the following types:
- Inattentive: Associated with focusing difficulty, distraction, and poor organizing skills.
- Hyperactive-impulsive: Fidgeting, interrupting, mood swings are the common signs
- Combined: This displays all signs and symptoms. Children with this type of ADHD show super activity with an excessive energy level.
What you should look out for to spot ADHD?
People have a misconception that an ADHD child is always out of control. But the reality is more complex than that. Look out for these symptoms if you are concerned that your child may have ADHD.
Children with ADHD mostly lag in social skills. They are unable to recognize the needs and desires of others around them.
Children are always energetic. However, if a child is excessively energetic such that he/she constantly fidgets and squirms, is unable to sit still or always reaches out to touch things, it may be a sign of overactivity – a symptom of ADHD.
Impulsiveness does not only refer to risk-taking behavior. Sometimes a child shows signs of impatience like interrupting others mid-sentence and intrudes on the conversation. The child may also be unable to censor or control their words and emotions.
- Emotional turmoil
Children with ADHD find it difficult to control their emotions entailing angry outbursts. They may also suffer from frequent mood swings.
Lack of focus is a strong sign of ADHD. The child has problems paying attention and is unable to repeat what has been just said. He or she may shift to other things leaving a task in the middle.
- Inability to wait for their turn
More than often, ADHD children find difficulty waiting for their turn while playing with other kids. They fail to stay calm in 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 surrounding events.
Distractibility is a key symptom of ADHD. This happens when the child is unable to filter out the extraneous stimuli for concentration. The child hops to another task without completing the first or frequently shifts from one subject to another while conversing.
- Difficulty in organizing
Children with ADHD often find it difficult to keep track of their activities. They fail to manage a task sequentially and have problems to keep 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.
If you have noticed any of the above symptoms in your child and are concerned that he/she may have ADHD, the best thing to do next would be to consult an expert for professional advice. More symptoms and signs of Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder in children can be found here in our blog article.
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A Promising Solution
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 enables: