Everything you need to know in 2021 about ADHD in kids.

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Dr Abhishek Chugh ADHD in Kids 02 Feb 2021
How to Handle ADHD Kids at Home? | Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder

ADHD stands for Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder. It is the most common mental health disorder syndrome which can found in toddlerhood and can go till adulthood. Children with ADHD have signs of inattentiveness, impulsivity, and hyperactivity which may interfere in school life and home also.

What are the Symptoms of ADHD in kids?

Symptoms can fluctuate from child to child, based on the intensity of symptoms. But mostly, personality contains the combination of hyperactivity, lack of concentration, and unable to control impulsiveness. Some of the traits are:

  1. Always on the go and look like they have a motor-driven in their body.
  2. Being squirmy and often twist fingers.
  3. Doesn't follow instructions leading to lack of nutrition and homework schedules.
  4. Talk excessively and concentration shifts towards what others are doing.
  5. Irritate others and intro others.
  6. Poor sitting power, losses things, cry often.
  7. Often daydreams and shifts hobby.

ADHD comes in combination with autism many times. In one-third of cases, it leads to a combination of Autism Spectrum Disorder that can affect the language, behavior, social, and learning skill of kids. This combination is mostly seen in kids nearly 3 years of age.

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What Parents can Assess about ADHD in their kids?

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Usually, every kid is naughty at the peak of their age. So, it becomes difficult for parents to understand either it's ADHD or not. Hence, it's important to seek help from a Psychologist or Pediatrician near you for assessment. Many Psychological Tests like Corners Scale, Vanderbilt ADHD Scales are available for diagnosis. After the confirmation only it is advisable to start treatment courses.

  1. Medicines
  2. Therapies
  3. Yoga and Meditation
  4. Special Education
  5. Love, No Punishments

What kind of medicines may help in the cure of ADHD?

Treatment of ADHD can be varying from children to adults, not every person with ADHD takes the same drugs. The two main types of medications used for the treatment of ADHD in kids are stimulants and non-stimulants. Here are 5 types of medication licensed for the treatment of ADHD:

  1. Methylphenidate
  2. Dexamfetamine
  3. Lisdexamfetamine
  4. Atomoxetine
  5. Guanfacine

Which Therapies are helpful in ADHD?

Basically, two types of Therapies are helpful in ADHD Cure:

a father talking to his kid

1. Occupational therapy

A psychologist always refers to Occupational Therapy for ADHD kids as prior treatment. Occupational Therapists are available at MyFitBrain to provide therapy that will help the child to attend and learn various adapting activities. Occupational Therapists conduct an assessment and being intervention as required. Occupational Therapy often works with children to help them to develop self-regulation and teach children strategies to address these challenging areas.

2. Behavior therapy

Behavior Therapy helps ADHD kids to manage their hyper activities, impulsiveness, and inattention. Behavioural Therapy can teach children skills that will benefit them as they grow up, Behavioural Therapy focuses on replacing negative habits and action with positive ones.

3. Yoga and Meditation

Meditation and yoga are good ways to manage your kid's ADHD. Meditation helps to strengthen their ability to control attention power. Yoga will help to boost their self-esteem, lower stress, and also helps in losing weight.

4. Special education

ADHD can affect a student's behavior, learning ability, emotions, and relationship too. Special Education can help these students to learn and manage issues and provide encouraging support. They help to design a behavioral program to address specific problems in the classroom.

5. Love, No punishments

Never punish an ADHD child, because their behavior is all outside of their control. You should not ignore your kids or interrupt them always for better discipline. However, providing a child suffering from ADHD, positive attention is a good investment. Forcing a child with ADHD to stay in for recess may worsen behavior problems. Parents should explain the reason for doing a task clearly or positively. Negative language can be hurtful or can make the disruptive behavior of your child worsen.

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