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Thursday, November 22, 2007

Children With ADHD, Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder

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Attention-Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder was also known as attention deficit disorder. This a very common condition found in children, which is believed to affect the mental condition of the child. Some of the characteristics of ADHD are impulsive behavior, hyperactive, the child is easily distracted and has poor concentration. Some children out grow ADHD as they get older, but more than sixty percent suffer from attention deficit hyperactivity disorder through their adult years.

There are some things a parent can do to help a child with ADHD. You can set schedules for all activities including wake up time, bedtime, television time, homework, playing and eating. This helps with stability, which plays a big role with children afflicted with ADHD. A parent can make a list of rules to be followed and explain what can happen, if the rules are not followed. You should always have the child repeat the rules to you so they understand what you are saying.

When your child does something good, you should find some way to reward them. Whether this is with a treat or some other reward that will have a positive affect on how they act and what they do. Children who have ADHD need to be supervised at all times. Never think you can leave your child alone. When they are bored is when they tend to find trouble. Try not to disrupt the schedule you have set forth. If the child needs to do homework, find a quiet place where there are no distractions.

Children who have ADHD cannot be cured. With a regiment of behavior management and counseling, your child should be able to be in a classroom with other children and have a good level of learning. Some medications work, but most parents find this is only good as a last resort. The drugs used do affect the child’s brain chemistry, which helps to reduce the hyperactivity and increase the attention span of a child suffering from attention deficit hyperactivity disorder.

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