What is ADHD?
Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder is a Neuro-developmental Disorder. It is characterised by disorganized behavior in which
Inattention describes a lack of attention to detail, a short attention span in long and ‘boring’ situations (e.g. writing or copying from black board), forgetfulness, distractibility in situations requiring focus on a task, and a careless attitude.
Hyperactivity describes an excess of movement in situations requiring calm, such as the classroom, family meals, or visits to temple or relatives.
Impulsiveness refers to action without thinking about consequences, so affected persons are prone to injuries, accidents, have difficulty waiting, inter rupt the activities of other people and appear to be in a hurry in making decisions.
What are the complaints with which parents bring the child?
Most commonly it is believed that the child is naughty/moody or lazy.
What are the red flag signs?
Warning Signs That May Indicate a Child or Adolescent has ADHD
(Symptoms must be at a level of impairment, observed in two different settingsand before the age of 12 for a diagnosis to occur)
Possible Symptoms of Attention Dysregultion:
Difficulty regulating, switching and prioritizing attention, including over-focusing on stimulating activities
Easily distracted from the task at hand by noises or things going on around them
Frequently looking around
Difficulty staying focused on one activity
Not focusing on speaker when spoken to
Unable to remember verbal instructions
Unable to pay attention to details
Difficulty completing work without being reminded
Difficulty organizing belongings and work
Difficulty starting things
Forgetting normal routines
Possible Symptoms of Hyperactivity:
Fidgeting and squirming
Problems remaining seated
Talking excessively and at inappropriate times
Often running and climbing
Standing instead of sitting at the table
Unable to settle into a quiet activity
Constantly on the go
Frequently handling or touching objects and other people
Possible Symptoms of Impulsivity:
Acting or reacting before considering consequences
Butting into conversations
Blurting out answers in the classroom
Beginning work before instructions are given
Disturbing others who are playing
Grabbing others belongings
Touching, grabbing hitting others
Problems waiting for turn or standing in line
Making impulsive decisions
Signs That May be Present in a Learning Environment
Problems with getting homework done
Problems bringing homework and necessary books home
Difficulty remembering to hand work in
Not able to produce the same amount and/or level of school work as others
Need for repeated instructions
Misinterpreting instruction and questions on assignments or tests
Difficulty with handwriting
Difficulty understanding what is read
Problems paying attention to details
Problems with spelling and math
Problems with sequencing
Forgetting deadlines or difficulty completing work on time
Problems with organizing larger assignments and projects
Problems starting assignments
Frequent daydreaming and presenting as spacey
Excessive talking and interrupting others
Blurting out answers
Unable to sit still, constantly on the move
Touching, pushing and grabbing others or things impulsively
Interrupting others at play
Problems dealing with frustration
Tentative and unsure of trying new things and learning new skills
Reluctant to volunteer answers or be called upon
Does not make or keep friends easily
Unable to change focus or start and stop activities
Transitions or changes produce agitation or frustration
How GCWC helps?
Understanding the unique strengths and problems of each child is a journey that the team at GCWC is adept at taking. We work with the families to address: Parental concerns, additional concerns noted on the OPD assessment, behaviour therapy, occupational therapy programme, sensory integration
A unique Individual Management Plan is made for each child, depending on what the child needs and how much he/she needs.
Based on assessments, we deal in monthly, quarterly and long term plans. We also make home based programmes for outstation parents. We also provide online counselling.