He makes little mistakes all the time, in fact, he is very smart, there is nothing he can’t do if he concentrates, he just doesn’t sit in place, he goes from place to place as if the engine is stuck, in fact, we are very spoiled, he does not listen to us on purpose, we should leave him alone, I was like that when I was little….
Do these sentences sound familiar? Who knows, maybe you have used it for your own child or heard it from your close circle. But what if your child has Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder? Have you ever thought? It is useful to know that Attention Deficit and Hyperactivity Disorder is not a condition that can pass when we grow up or that we can describe as spoiled. At the same time, it is a problem that should not be confused with the behavior of children who are naughty or indifferent. The prevalence of attention deficit and hyperactivity disorder in the community is as high as 5-7%, and it is a disorder that starts in childhood and can continue into adulthood. It is a neuropsychiatric and behavioral disorder that is not caused by the attitudes of parents or teachers. While some children may have Attention Deficit on their own, attention deficit is an accompanying problem in children with Hyperactivity Disorder. It is useful to know the main characteristics of these children that should not be confused. In children with Attention Deficit; “By making simple mistakes all the time, ignoring details, not being able to concentrate for a long time, avoiding jobs that require academic skills, having problems in being organized, constantly losing things, being often forgetful, having difficulty in following the given instructions, seeming to be disobedient are the main problems. But in children with hyperactivity; “being constantly on the move, unable to sit in the same place for a long time, being labeled as naughty in general, inability to play games quietly, having difficulty in playing with peers, being in motion as if climbing a flat wall as if a motor is stuck, interrupting when others are speechless and talking a lot, requiring waiting, or Failure in academic skills due to having problems in sequential tasks, standing up frequently during homework, making excuses and impulsivity are observed. These and similar problems can be characterized as the main problems frequently encountered by children with attention deficit and hyperactivity disorder. However, these criteria are sometimes confused with problem behaviors that arise as a result of factors such as family attitude and education style, peer interaction, and upbringing. So much so that these children are described as naughty and cannot benefit from early intervention programs, causing them to face greater negative consequences in the future.
So what should I do? Almost all parents do not want to believe that their child is facing a neuropsychiatric problem. For this reason, they are more inclined to think that the problems encountered may pass over time or that they are caused by a different situation. This causes delays in the early intervention that can be provided to the child. Mothers, fathers and teachers are not responsible for making a diagnosis about the child, but it is important that the child is correctly diagnosed and received appropriate treatments as a result of observing the above-mentioned problems. In order to prevent the occurrence of preventable problems, all educational and medical interventions should be implemented effectively from the moment the problem is noticed. In order to achieve this, first of all, experts in the field should be consulted.
Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder is a disorder that can be treated with an accurate and appropriate diagnosis by field experts. The treatment methods that can be applied vary according to the age, level of development and severity of the individual. In addition to using medicated treatments when needed, educational support is great.