Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder is a condition that is generally identified in the preschool years. There has been no exact cause of ADHD found, but researchers have recognized that there are several factors contributing to the likelihood of ADHD developing. Some of these factors are heredity, a chemical imbalance and brain development.
A child with ADHD is often hard to diagnose, as many of the symptoms are normal age appropriate behaviours. A child with ADHD has trouble paying attention, is impulsive and will often act without thinking. They may have trouble finishing a task they started and get distracted easily. The often talk a lot and interrupt repeatedly, or ‘blurt’ out the answer to a question. They have trouble planning ahead and being organized.
As a parent, you can help your child by setting clear boundaries and expectations. Implementing routine and structure helps teach your child to self-manage their behavior. Consistency is important, in helping your child learn what is expected from them. Help break tasks down into manageable pieces and give clear straight forward instructions. These ideas can help smooth the rough edges from day to day dealings for a child with ADHD.
ADHD is diagnosed through a series of test that are conducted by a trained health professional. Treatment often takes the form of counselling, where the child and parents will learn skills to make daily life easier for everyone. Margaret will help you and your child develop an effective support plan and strategies to help your child lead a fulfilling life.