‘Children with ADHD often have functional problems in all areas of their lives, including home, school, and relationships with friends’
(PRWEB) September 2, 2010
‘Are my child’s temper tantrums and hyper activity signs of ADHD?,’ is a question many parents ask themselves every day. Signs that children are struggling can be restlessness and fidgeting, dashing about and climbing in situations where they are expected to sit still, blurting out answers without listening to the whole question first and getting frustrated when having to wait in line or queue. With ADHD Awareness week coming up from the 19th – 25th of September 2010 it is hoped that more people will become aware of what help is available.
ADHD (Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder) is the term used to cover the various syndromes where there is either attention deficit, hyperactivity or both. ADHD is the most commonly diagnosed behavioural disorder of childhood, estimated to affect 3 to 5 percent of school-age children. The condition is a neurologically-based disability, which causes a range of problems associated with behavioural difficulties and poor attention span.
‘Children with ADHD often have functional problems in all areas of their lives, including home, school, and relationships with friends’, says Dr Roy Rutherford, medical consultant at Dore, ‘and people struggling with ADHD have also been shown to experience long-term adverse effects on academic performance, vocational success, and social-emotional development’.
For someone who struggles to pay attention, the school environment can prove particularly challenging. A person can be trying to focus on what a teacher is saying, whilst filtering out other distracting noise, stimulation and information such as the noise and activity of class mates. Given all this competing information, it’s hardly surprising that some people struggle to sort everything out and then organise and prioritise their thoughts and make the appropriate responses .
Because of the types of signs associated with attention deficit, it is a condition that is frequently mis-diagnosed. Parents, teachers and clinicians have to be keenly alert to whether signs are demonstrated across a number of situations or are isolated to a specific subject area – which might indicate a much more specific learning problem.
' Based on the subtle messages they pick up at school , you find that some children quickly define themselves as being ' clever or stupid '. This black and white approach can have an impact on their self esteem and sense of identity - well into adulthood. As we learn more about how the brain processes information , we realise that many talented and enthusiastic children are struggling to learn in more conventional ways . All too often this struggle is disguised as difficult behaviour.’ says Julie Stokes OBE, consultant clinical psychologist .
There are many ways to treat ADHD such as medication and psychotherapy, but the Stratford based Dore Programme offers a unique drug free programme of physical exercise that seeks to improve the function of the cerebellum, the brain’s ‘skill centre’. Dr Roy Rutherford explains ‘The cerebellum allows whichever part of the brain to which it connects, to learn efficiently through practice. If the cerebellum is not working efficiently then it is very likely people will struggle with one or more of the following – poor literacy, concentration, co-ordination or social skills.’
For people who want to know more about ADHD a free information evening will take place on Monday the 20th of September 7pm – 8.30pm at Dore in Stratford upon Avon, where Dr Rutherford will talk about ADHD and Dore’s drug free Programme. Tickets are free and can be reserved by calling Alison or Charlotte on 0333 123 0100.