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 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 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 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.
What Is Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD)?
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.
Types Of Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (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.
Signs Of Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD)
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.
- Emotional Turmoil
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.
- Inability To Wait For Their Turn
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.
- 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 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.
Intervention Programs for ADHD
Intervention programs such as Sensory Integration, Brain and Focus Training, and award winning Tomatis® Method Listening Therapy will enable your children to develop their abilities to learn new skills, overcome challenges and have a better understanding of the environment and people around them.
If you have noticed any of the above symptoms in your child and are concerned that they may have ADHD, you may consult our Senior Brain expert for professional advice and intervention strategies.
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 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.