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Transcript of ADHD
What is ADHD?
Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder
ADHD is a chronic condition that affects millions of children and can still continue into adulthood.
ADHD occurs more often in males then females with a 4:1 ratio
Symptoms can vary between every child
Signs & Symptoms
Causes, Risk Factors & Complications
Following through on instructions
Has problems organizing tasks or activities
Forgetful and loses needed items for tasks
Fails to finish schoolwork, chores or other tasks
Fidgets or squirms
Interrupts or intrudes on others' conversations or games
Has trouble waiting for his or her turn/
Lack of patience
If you have a child or know a child with some of these symptoms.
Do not be afraid to research and ask a questions.
For more information:
National Institute of Mental Health
Limited moments of hyperactivity or impulsive behavior.
Good attention span, no matter the subject
Constant moments of hyperactivity or impulsive behavior (always on-the-go)
Limited attention span, especially if the subject is not of interest to the child
The cause of this disorder is still not exact clear
But studies show that genetics and/or environmental exposures can cause ADHD
Genetics - blood relatives having ADHD or another underlying disorder
drugs, alcohol or smoking during pregnancy
Exposure to environmental toxins or poisons. i.e. lead
Children often struggle in the classroom
More accident prone then children without ADHD
Without treatment children are more at risk for increase delinquent behavior into adulthood
By: Nicole Netter
Interviews and questionnaires
ADHD rating scales
Short-acting lasts 4-6 hours
Requires frequent dosing.
Long-acting lasts 6-12 hours
Less dosing, more convenient
Loss of appetite, weight loss, sleep problems, irritability, tics
Parenting skills training
Social skills training
Yoga or meditation
Essential fatty acids
Long-lasting - 24 hours
Long-lasting - 24 hours
Side Effects - Sleep problems, anxiety, fatigue, upset stomach, dizziness, dry mouth
Side Effects - Sleepiness, headache, fatigue, abdominal pain.
Use a calendar to help create a regular schedule
Show lots of affection
Enjoy your child's personality
Help to improve your child's self-esteem
Organization of work
Demonstrate when giving instructions
Talk to your child's teacher
Ask about the possibility of having your child using a computer in the classroom
Help & Support
Structure your child's life
Provide positive discipline
Be patient, be calm & set a good example
Strive for healthy family relationships