On dealing with a child with special needs, translated…
It’s been two weeks since school started, did the teachers at school tell you, that your child had become a “space cadet” in class, left her/his seat during lecture, or, getting into conflicts with her/his classmates? At home, did your child get tired easily, of playing with just one kind of toy and constantly needed to switch around, and took endless hours, to finally complete that homework assignments, or showed a lack of patience too? All of these behaviors, are called attention-deficit, or hyperactivity.
- The Three Signs of Children with ADHD:
- Difficulties Focusing: for instance, the kid would look around the classroom a lot, stared into space, or, when doing her/his assignments, s/he just couldn’t focus on the tasks.
- Hyperactivity: constantly running around, could not sit still to finish one thing, like s/he has never-ending energies.
- Has Bad Impulse Control: Constantly disrupts in class by talking incessantly, would often get into someone’s conversations that were ongoing.
Normally, we could intervene, using one of two methods, and to find out exactly, WHY the child has difficulties, focusing, first, through the environment, second, through the child.
On the environmental front, the instructors can discuss with the parents, to see if there are overly stimulating things in the child’s environment, that’s causing her/him to get distracted easily? Or, maybe, it’s the activities that lacked attraction to the child, couldn’t keep her/his attention at all? Or, it may be a nutrition deficiency, that’s caused the child to be lack of attention.
As for the child her/himself, many kids who were diagnosed with ADHD also exert the symptoms of lack of balance, falling down easy, and having fine motor difficulties, and using items the wrong ways, such as not holding the scissors correctly, and, these kids may be diagnosed with sensory processing disorder.
SPD means, that when the child’s brain is processing information from the outside world, s/he couldn’t find the right way to act, couldn’t effectively sort through the messages s/he receives from the outside; and, would often show impulsivity, which would easily cause them to fall over, trip, when they’re being taught a new movement.
Through the interventions of an occupational therapist, based off of the child’s conditions, offering the sensory combination, or behaviorist therapy techniques, to allow the child, to interact, under different circumstances, helping the child deal with the stimulations so they can make the right decisions on how to respond, upping the child’s attention, to allow their behaviors to match up to the environments’ requirements.
And, working alongside the doctors and the professional therapist, to find out what, exactly, IS the cause of the child’s lack of attention, and offering the child the needed treatment, and encouraging the parents to get involved in the discussions of the treatment process, to help one know one’s own child better, and to incorporate the treatment processes into the child’s daily living routines, to help the child better adapt to life in school and at home too.
And, this, would be from the PATHOLOGICAL angle, but, from the EDUCATIONAL angle (mine!!!), I still say, that the kid who’s running around like a P-S-Y-C-H-O may be too intelligent for the average kid in her/his class, and, you DO know, that there’s a BETTER way of “describing” kids with ADHD, right? It’s called Bodily-Kinesthetic, you MORONS! STOP labeling your children as whatever, and, just sit back, observe them a bit, and, who knows, the answers you’re searching for just might BE right in front of your noses, and you just can’t see it! Are you FUCKING kidding me, parents???