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Attention and Behavior Problems in Your Child
Attention 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.
- Does your child have problems sitting still, fidget with hands, pace and roam, break things
or can't keep his hands to self?
- Does your child butt into games and conversations and has a hard time playing quietly?
- Does your child want things now or have trouble working for long-term goals?
- Does your child know rules and consequences and still makes the same mistakes over and over?
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.
- Talk to your child's family doctor or pediatrician.
- Find out from your child's teacher if there is anyone outside the school system who can
guide you through the process.
- Talk to the parents of a child with AD/HD. Other parents can help you feel less alone
throughout the process.
Mental Health America of Jackson County
P.O. Box 51
Seymour, IN 47274
Phone: (812) 522-3480
Fax: (812) 524-8176