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Solutions to ADD and ADHD in Children- Lack of Attention in Children


Children with ADHD, according to Paul Wender, M.D. (Professor of Psychiatry, University of Utah) are "difficult to reward and difficult to punish". It is as if they lived in an "emotional raincoat", one which prevented them from fully experiencing emotions directed toward them. While this can keep them from feeling the full effects of their problematic behaviors, it makes modifying these behaviors very difficult. This is one of the reasons many parents report that behavior modification systems work for only a very short time (2-3 weeks at most) with these children.

ADHD and children

Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) is a disorder that appears in beginning of childhood. You may remember it by a name attention deficit disorder, or ADD. This disorder makes it difficult for children and even adults to control their spontaneous responses. These spontaneous responses can range from movement to speech and attentiveness. On the similar lines but contrary as well, inattention, impulsivity, and hyperactivity are also some of the signs of attention deficit disorder. ADD/ADHD can lead to problems both at home and school and is often complained by the teachers first because of the requirement o sit stationary at school.

Some facts and myths about Child ADHD

  1. All kids with ADD/ADHD are hyperactive is a pure myth. In fact the reality is that some children with ADD/ADHD are hyperactive, but many others with attention problems are not.
  2. Kids with ADD/ADHD cannot pay attention whatsoever is a myth. The fact is children with ADD/ADHD often concentrate on activities they enjoy. They cannot concentrate of the task to complete is boring or repetitive.
  3. Kids with ADD/ADHD choose to be like that - The fact is that ADHD is a disease and it does not allow the affected child to pay attention.
  4. Kids will grow out of ADD/ADHD. The fact is there are many adult ADHD cases reported everyday. Treatment definitely can help your child learn and control symptoms. So starting early has definite advantage.

ADHD Symptom Quiz - Does your child have ADHD?

  • Often interrupts others
  • Intrudes on other people’s conversations or games
  • Inability to keep powerful emotions in check, resulting in angry outbursts or temper tantrums
  • Symptoms of impulsivity in children
  • Blurts out answers without waiting to be called on hear the whole question
  • Has difficulty waiting for his or her turn

ADHD in Children Flowchart

Gifted Children with ADHD

It is difficult to determine whether the child is suffering from ADHD if that particular child is gifted. The use of many instruments, including intelligence tests administered by qualified professionals, achievement and personality tests, as well as parent and teacher rating scales, can help the professional determine the subtle differences between ADHD and giftedness. The similarity and the adroitness of gifted and affected people is amazing. It is geenrally a nightmare to conclude that the champion/genious standing in front is actually an ADHD affected person.

ADD ADHD Teenagers and ADHD in Children

There are evaluations which often begin with parenting and teacher checklists to see if the child has enough symptoms of inattention, and/or hyperactivity and impulsivity to meet the criteria for having ADHD. These tests confirm whether your child does need additional testing.

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