Poor Concentration and Overactivity 2

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This session covers the origins of problems in concentration, impulsiveness and hyperactivity in children. Learn about the management options available, including the treatment for attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) in children.

  • ADHD is caused by genetic influences, changes in the brain, altered psychological abilities and environmental factors.
  • ADHD is present in about 4% of children and hyperkinetic disorder in about 1%.
  • Girls are less affected in childhood but problems can emerge later.
  • There are several kinds of psychological changes, such as hyperactivity in children, and they are different in different children - for example some children cannot hold themselves back from an immediate response, some need frequent incentives to stay on task.
  • Psychological interventions aim at helping and supporting the child to understand both the difficulty they have, and the reaction of others towards them.
  • Interventions may also help to modify the learning environment - for example, with rapid rewarding of appropriate behaviours.
  • Medicines can reverse some of the problems at both the brain and behaviour level.
  • Children on medication need to be able to discuss it with understanding people and to have the effects carefully monitored.

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

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