AD/HD in the 21st century kid
AD/HD is one of the most misunderstood disorders that affect kids today. AD/HD or attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder is a behavioral condition that makes focusing on everyday requests and routines challenging. Research has demonstrated that AD/HD has a very strong neurobiological basis. Although precise causes have not yet been identified, there is little question that heredity makes the largest contribution to the disorder. Research does not support the popularly held views that AD/HD arises from excessive sugar intake, excessive TV viewing, poor child management by parents, or social and environmental factors such as poverty or family chaos. However, many things, including these, aggravate symptoms and can make them worse.
Kids with AD/HD typically have trouble getting organized, staying focused, making realistic plans and thinking before acting. They may be fidgety, noisy and unable to adapt to changing situations. Children with AD/HD can also be defiant, socially inept or aggressive. These areas can be significantly improved with treatment from a qualified professional. Play Therapy is a means by which children learn emotional as well as physical self-regulation skills. Creating a positive therapeutic relationship with the child is essential for helping to effect awareness and change. The connections between the therapist and the child help the child to feel safe and to trust their play can be genuine creating an atmosphere in which the child becomes willing to accept direction and be willing to work on the therapeutic goals.
Therapist can also provide activities that parents can do at home to help with many AD/HD symptoms. Many of these can be fun and can bring the whole family closer together. As with learning any new skill, practice is key so parents can ensure quicker longer lasting improvements by doing these activities daily.
Unrecognized and untreated AD/HD can lead to depression, anxiety and possible self-medication with illegal substances. Families considering treatment options should consult a qualified mental health professional for a complete review of their child’s behavioral issues and a treatment plan.