Archive for June 1st, 2011

Keeping his attention……

The essential features include 3 clusters of behaviors: inattention, impulsiveness, and physical hyperactivity. Children who suffer from Attention Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder or ADHD typically:

1. have a difficult time staying focused or completing a task.

2. act very quickly, without much thought to the consequesnces of their actions.

3. are very physically active and may enjoy playing sports.

WHAT TO DO

However, take note that many children behave as such. In fact, these are to be expected of kids up to about 5 years of age. After that, many children will develop better attention span and control over their behaviors.

CONVINCE YOUR CHILD TO BRING HIM FOR A PROFESSIONAL ASSESSMENTspeak with his school guidance counselor and class adviser if they share your concerns. A psycologist, psychiatrist, or developmental pediatrician can help identify areas of difficulty and recommend possible interventions.

LEARN MORE ABOUT THE CONDITION - get in touch with support groups like the ADHD society of the Philippines. Besides lectures and seminars, these organizations offer a network of support that may help your cousin accept and deal with your nephew’s condition.

TAKE A LOOK AT THE STRATEGIES YOU USE TO GET YOUR NEPHEW TO PAY MORE ATTENTION - ask yourself: Does he enjoy it when you turn the worksheet into a game you both play? Does this keep his attention longer? When you give him rewards for small successes, is he better motivated? What kind of rewards keep him on his toes? Note your successes and perform these strategies more often.

OTHER STRATEGIES

Break down tasks into smaller chunks so that he feels more successful with accomplishing his assignment - so that he feels more successful with with accomplishing his assignments.

Have frequent breaksbut do not allow these to last longer than the time he worked. Structure consequences and rewards – and make sure he is constantly reminded about these e.g. if he can complete his homework in less than his usual time, he can watch his favorite program on television.

Use a timeout system to help avoid arguments - leaving him in a quiet corner allows him to think about what he has done and what he really wants to do.