Children with disabilities experience many challenges, but they also enjoy the greatest victories. Whether the disability presents its physically or mentally, a child’s ability to rise to the challenge will depend on your support and the limitations they must deal with. Just because a child has a limitation of some type, it doesn’t mean they must avoid challenges. The key to learning is to offer those challenges and then allow them to do the very best they can to meet and exceed them. Understanding ADD and ADHD will help you create the challenges your child needs to succeed at whatever they attempt.
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Attention Deficit and Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorders
Attention Deficit Disorder, or ADD, makes it extremely hard for a person to focus on one thing for any length of time. Their ability to concentrate is almost non-existent. Both adults and children can be diagnosed with ADD, but it can be more noticeable in children. With Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder, impulsive or hyperactive behavior can make it impossible for a person to remain seated or in one place for any length of time.
Types of ADHD
ADHD has three primary types. They are:
- Inattentive ADHD, or ADD, causes a person to be distracted easily and makes it hard for them to pay attention.
- Impulsive/Hyperactive ADHD reduces a persons’ ability to stay still. They always feel the need to be on the move in some way whether it be walking or moving their body.
- Combined ADHD is a combination of the two other types.
Being observant and understanding your child’s behaviors will give you insight on how they learn and what tools can be most effective.
ADHD Characteristics Commonly Found in Children
Between the three types of ADHD, your child may exhibit one or several of the following behaviors. They can range from mild to severe, depending on the child. It is essential to remember that no two children are the same and will show their behaviors differently.
- Constantly interrupts or causes disruptions
- Has difficulty taking turns
- Always moving or fidgeting
- Has difficulty remaining quiet during play or quiet time
- Is easily upset and tends to emotional outbursts
- Avoids tasks that are challenging mentally
- Distracted easily
- Can’t focus or concentrate for long periods
- Has difficulty organizing things
- Makes mistakes frequently
- Daydreams frequently
- Loses items and is extremely forgetful
Many children exhibit these symptoms simply because they are young and the thought processes haven’t been properly established. As your child begins to mature, many of these signs may gradually begin to disappear. Be observant. Given a little time, you will be able to identify habits they aren’t necessarily growing out of. If your child continues to exhibit signs both at home and at school, you may want to have them checked out.
Contact a specialist and make an appointment for an evaluation.
Living with an ADD/ADHD Child
Individuals who must live with ADHD need special care. ADHD can be frustrating for both the individual and those who care for them. The need for patience is a must. Understanding their struggle and being empathetic is also essential. Take the time to see things from their point of view and act accordingly.
The following tips will help. Remember that there is no cure for ADHD and how you respond to your child’s issues will set the tone for not only their ability to learn but also for their success.
- Establish consistent rules but learn to be flexible in specific situations
- Determine which behaviors will be permitted and which ones will not
- Manage aggression by removing them from the situation and allowing them to regain their composure
- Establish specific routines (handwashing, brushing teeth, bedtime)
- Break down each task into smaller steps
- Adjust your environment to limit distractions
- Be calm when addressing your child (if they need to be scolded, do so privately and without anger)
- Establish regular sleep patterns and encourage regular exercise
- Help your child establish good manners and social behaviors by teaching them to count to five or take a deep breath before replying
- Believe in your child! Have faith in their ability to succeed!
Support your child’s learning by finding the ways that make learning easy. Every child is different. Observe your child. Get to know what works for them. Provide them with the tools and resources they need and they will be rising to each and every challenge you offer them.