ADHD awareness

April 1, 2008

Attention Deficit Hyperactive Disorder

my son who was 5 years old then and attending a kindergarten class was having problems at school. he didn’t show any interests in his seatworks or homeworks. at that age, he still cannot comprehend the alphabets and the numbers. i was worried because i didn’t encounter the same problem with my two older children. he was always on the go; doing things without thinking.

his being hyperactive didn’t bother me most. what made me worried then is his problems academically. i made researches on how i could develop his study habits and how to teach him read. the researches i made, however, led me to the causes of learning disabilities. after which, i presumed that maybe my son is dyslexic. my profound research in dyslexic also landed me in the page of ADHD or attention deficit hyperactive disorder. this was how i discovered about learning disabilities and ADHD.

Attention Deficit Hyperactive Disorder as i came to know is a neurobiological condition affecting 3% to 5% school age population. It was being noted that mostly boys are being affected with this kind of disorder. Children with ADHD act without thinking, are hyperactive, and have trouble focusing. They may understand what’s expected of them but have trouble following through because they can’t sit still, pay attention, or attend to details.

Of course, all children (especially younger ones) act this way at times, particularly when they’re anxious or excited. But the difference with ADHD is that symptoms are present over a longer period of time and occur in different settings. They impair a child’s ability to function socially, academically, and at home.

Symptoms of ADHD include, but are not limited to, the following:

  • Fails to give close attention to details
  • Demonstrates difficulty sustaining attention to tasks or to play/ Is easily distracted
  • Had difficulty finishing tasks
  • Exhibits difficulty organizing tasks
  • Loses things necessary for activities (e.g. pencils, books, assignments)
  • Fidgets with hands and feet or squirms often
  • Has difficulty remaining seated/ Runs about or climbs excessively when inappropriate (seems “motor-driven”)
  • Talks continually/ Blurts out answers before questions are completed and often interrupts others
  • Avoid tasks that require sustained mental effort (e.g. schoolwork or homework)

Children with ADHD can succesfully live with and manage their symptoms with proper treatment.

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