Mark is a seven-year old boy who bullies his classmates and lies constantly to both his parents and teachers. He is considered the number one problem child in his community.
Jenna is the last student in her batch because of her inability to grasp and understand directions. Every day she has to bear being called "nuthead" by her classmates.
Keith is highly energetic and refuses to sleep most nights. Because of his hyperactivity, he ends up irritating everyone around him.
All three are suffering from ADHD and need immediate help.
Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) is one of the most common neuron-behavioral conditions present among children. It was first popularized by Dr. Hoffman in his 1845 illustrated book for children, "The Story of Fidgety Philip." Later on, more psychiatrists have become active in finding more information regarding ADHD.
According to the latest report of the US National Institute of Mental Health, five percent of the children’s population today is affected by this behavioral condition. It further states that it is very possible, and likely, to have a child with ADHD in every school classroom.
The triad of inattention, hyperactivity and impulsivity are the primary telltale signs of ADHD.
Inattention - Most preschoolers have short attention spans, which make classroom learning difficult for them. However, those with ADHD are easily distracted and constantly forget things. Most of them practice extreme procrastination.
Hyperactivity - Children are naturally bursting with energy; however, those with ADHD show extreme hyperactivity. Most of the children with this condition cannot get enough sleep which can impede their growth.
Impulsivity - Children with ADHD often act without restraint. They refuse to acknowledge authority figures and do as they please because they have little control over their behavior.
By knowing the symptoms of ADHD, parents can now determine whether their children need immediate professional help.
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