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May 21, 2009 at 6:33 AMComments: 2 Faves: 0

Are ADHD Children Missing out on their Childhood?

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The Effects of ADHD

Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) is a neuro-behavioral developmental disorder that is primarily found in children, but also affects adults. Due to the symptoms of ADHD (symptoms can range from lack of concentration, poor memory retention, distractedness, and impulsivity), children affected by this issue often have to make adjustments in their lifestyle in order to work and play with other people.

Meeting the Needs of ADHD

Due to the nature of the disorder, common behavioral symptoms associated with ADHD include frustration, unacceptable and disruptive behaviors, negligence in responsibilities, social awkwardness, the inability to follow directions, and tantrums. Most children recognize that something is different about them, even when they aren't aware of the exact nature of their condition. The assumption that they are a "problem" child keeps them from becoming more involved in their classmates' activities.

Taking Steps

It is important to recognize and take the steps necessary in order to start modifying a child's behavior to begin helping them. Given the right treatment and medication, a child's brain will allow for a greater attention span and the ability to focus more. While it varies from subject to subject, results in their performance can improve within a week's time. In addition, behavioral therapy can provide even more effective results. One of the most successful means of dealing with ADHD is to provide activities that are built around increasing focus and a feeling of interaction with positive results.

Activities for ADHD Children

While some games and activities are not ideal for a child with ADHD (such as games with long waiting periods), there are activities that allow for an ADHD child's sense of novelty and need for immersion. Fun activities include: Martial arts, joining the Scouts, sports activities, acting or drama clubs, building (models, carving, wood working or mechanical), swimming, and art or music classes.

Each of these activities allows for physical effort and concentration, provides mental involvement and self-control, or simply allows the child to express themselves in a creative manner. The feeling of reward in accomplishing something, or the recognition of a positive task allows the child to see what behavior is acceptable, and learn how to work for it. Any kind of task that doesn't allow for social interaction, concentration, or physical activity is generally not recommended for an ADHD child. One of the biggest culprits is the excessive watching of television, which provides a non-active and isolated atmosphere.

Continuing Growth

While ADHD may force your child to approach seemingly everyday tasks differently, that does not mean that they have to be left out of involvement with their peers. The biggest factor of overcoming the effects of ADHD is not simply trying to supress it, but working within the parameters of the condition. 

References:

http://www.coreynahman.com/11_25_ADHD_drugs.html

http://parentcenter.babycenter.com/0_best-and-worst-after-school-activities-for-children-with-adh_67358.pc

http://www.medicinenet.com/script/main/art.asp?articlekey=50356

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2 Comments

  • I totally agree with you on this. Our 7th grader has ADHD. He was diagnosed when he was 9. Its hard sometimes for him in social situations. We have been working on a special diet, I heard somewhere its all about what your child eats that can help with ADHD. Do you have any other information in this topic? I would be very interested in reading more. Thanks in advance.

  • I have an 11yrs old daughter and was concerned about her behaviour for sometime now. I thought she was just acting up and it was normal. Yesterday for some reason ADD keep ringing in my head and after doing some research i find she has most if not all of those symtoms for the characteristics of ADHD. Can i just take her to a doctor and explain my findings

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