Attention and Behavior Problems in Your ChildAttention and Behavior Problems in Your Child?
All kids, white, black, Latino, Asian have trouble sitting still and paying attention at times. That's normal. That's being a kid. They get restless, bored, hyper and moody. Most kids learn how to control theses emotions and behaviors over time with help from parents, teachers, clergy, coaches and other caregivers. But when attention and behavior problems are extreme, happen often and cause troubles at home or school, it could be more than just a childhood phase. In some cases, it could be AD/HD. AD/HD is a real medical condition, just like asthma or diabetes, that requires treatment.
The following signs may indicate one kind of AD/HD called the Hyperactive-Impulsive Type.
For children with AD/HD, these problems begin before age 7 and continue for more than 6 months. These actions are unusual for the child's age and negatively affect the child's life in more than one setting (for example, at home, in the classroom or on the playground).Having been a teacher, it was easy for me to spot children who might be AD/HD but I was not trained to diagnose. However, teacher input is important when you are seeking help for your child.
Here are some ways to find a qualified person.
Since AD/HD is a medical condition, most insurance plans-private and government- will cover your child's evaluation and treatment. There are effective treatments for AD/HD. But, no single treatment is effective all all children with AD/HD. The best results usually occur when a team approach is used, teachers, parents and physicians working together.
For more information about ADHD, Autism, and other childhood mental problems check out our website at www.mentalhealthamericajc.net