Poor Concentration and Overactivity 1

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This session covers childhood inattentiveness, the hyperactive child and causes of poor concentration and overactivity such as hyperkinetic disorder.

  • Some children find it much harder than others to learn how to control themselves and can be described as inattentive, impulsive and overactive.
  • All 'normal' children are active - it only becomes a problem when their level of activity creates difficulties for them or those around them, and they are described as a hyperactive child.
  • These problems can lead to bad behaviour and aggression but frequently do not.
  • These behaviours put some affected children at risk for underachievement at school and in adult life, and for some result in personality problems such as recklessness or an antisocial adjustment.
  • There are also possible strengths that need to be recognised and brought out.
  • Could the child be experiencing hyperkinetic disorder?
  • Some of the later risks are brought about by adverse reactions from other people who do not understand the child's behaviour.
  • It is easy for adults to be irritated by such behaviours displayed by children.
  • The causes are in the child's genetic make-up and early environment.
  • Recognition of the behaviours and understanding that they can be the result of a disability are important for the child's and family's understanding.
  • Educational and clinical psychology can be helpful; medical help by paediatricians or child psychiatric teams can be obtained.

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Content provided by MindEd. Author: Eric Taylor. Published: March 2014. Review: March 2017.

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