Middle Childhood

 

What Is Attention Deficit Disorder?
Attention Deficit Disorder is a label given to children and adults with significant problems in four main areas of their lives: Inattention, Impulsivity, Hyperactivity, Boredom. The term Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder is used to refer to all types of this disorder.

 


 

How does Attention Deficit Disorder/ADD/ADHD affect people?
Attention Deficit Disorder/ADD/ADHD hinders concentration, learning and memory. It also affects the person’s ability to process and sort out incoming information or stimulus, both internally and externally. While Attention Deficit Disorder/ADD/ADHD is not classified as a specific learning disability, it can interfere with concentration and attention, making it difficult for a child to do well in school and in social situations.

 


 

What are the common symptoms of Attention Deficit Disorder/ADD/ADHD?
Attention Deficit Disorder/ADD/ADHD comes in many forms and no two people display the same symptoms. It may manifest itself in undue passivity or inattentiveness, or uncontrollable, aggressive hyperactivity. Physicians often use a checklist of behaviors to subjectively determine whether a person has Attention Deficit Disorder. A person with Attention Deficit Disorder/ADD/ADHD will display any number of the following symptoms:

  • Fidgets or squirms excessively.
  • Has difficulty remaining seated.
  • Is easily distracted.
  • Has difficulty following instructions.
  • Has difficulty sustaining attention.
  • Shifts from one activity to another.
  • Often loses things.
  • Often talks excessively.
  • Often interrupts.
  • Often doesn't listen to what is said.

 


 

What can I do to help boost my child's self esteem?
Here are some helpful hints, for boosting your childs self-esteem.

Sports
Individual, team sports or a combination of both. This could include dance, gymnastics, golf, martial arts, running, swimming, baseball, football, etc.

Creative Projects
Arts, crafts, music, building projects, etc.

Develop a positive approach to providing structure for your child.
All kids and teens need to accept responsibility for their behavior. They should learn self-discipline. To help children learn self-discipline, parents need to adopt the role of coach/teacher rather than that of disciplinarian and punisher. Learn the "Three F's" of positive parenting. (Discipline should be fair, firm and friendly).

Praise your child.
Parents are often quick to express negative feelings to children but somehow don't get around to describing positive feelings. A child doesn't know when you are feeling good about him and parents can sometimes forget the influence they have over their child. Practice giving your child words of encouragement each day.