ADHD/ADD in Pediatrics
Children with ADHD
In today’s day and age more and more children are being diagnosed with Attention Deficit Disorder/Hyperactivity (ADD/ADHD) and are being prescribe medication to control the disorder. We have people on both sides of the issues that are for and against giving children medication. There will always be people who say kids do not need the medicine to function properly, and then we have the people who live by the medication. As a future teacher, I would to explore both sides of the story, in addition to looking at the signs and symptoms. Teachers are important factors for children with ADHD, we have a direct impact on the way they will learn. As a teacher, it is up to us to learn as much as we can about ADHD and different treatments we can use, so that a child with ADHD has the same learning opportunity as a child without the disorder. Let’s start with addressing what Attention Deficit Disorder/Hyperactivity is, this is a behavioral disorder that affects millions of children in school. It is more likely to be diagnosed in boys rather than girls, although girls are also affected by it. Children with ADHD have multiple symptoms that can be diagnosed by your doctor. Kids that are affected by this disorder are often hyper, have trouble focusing on tasks, always seem on the go, excessive talking, problems with interrupting or intruding, difficulty playing quietly, careless errors in schoolwork or other activities, apparent listening problems, tendency to lose things like toys, notebooks or homework, and excessive running or climbing (W. Douglas Tynan, 2008). A child can be diagnosed as having ADHD will be broken into one three subgroups. The three subgroups are inattentive, hyperactive-impulsive, or the two combined. Teachers can assist in determining which category the child falls in. As a teacher, we need to understand how to deal with children with learning disabilities. Some kids may take medicine to assist with the disorder and while on the medicine, they will perform just as well as kids not on the medicine. However, there will be kids who do not take medicine, and they are the kids that will require extra attention. Just because a child does not take, medicine to help with ADHD does not mean they cannot be successful learners. Teachers have come up with different ways to help kids focus on their schoolwork. The American Academy of Pediatrics and CHADD (Children and Adults with Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder) have come up with different ways to help kids to have a comfortable learning environment. Some of the recommendations they have given are: display classroom rules, break complex instructions into small parts, seat the child away from distractions and next to students who will be positive role models, and assign tutors to help children with ADHD stay on task (Diane W. Dunne, 2007). As teachers we can make the child feel good or bad about their selves and learning. You may wonder why a parent would not give their child medicine that will help them, but there are reasons. Some parents and researchers believe there is no such thing as ADHD, and that it is not medical but a behavioral problem. It has been said that parents and teacher who suggest medicine to treat the disorder are taking the easy way out. With behavior therapy, parenting, and old style teaching kids of all kinds should be able to learn without medicine. Over the last decade, the number of children including pre-school aged children has increased significantly and most of them are being treated with prescription medication. Why are more and more kids being diagnosed with a disorder that some say does not exist, the people who say it does not exist have begun to worry about the relationship of the drug companies and academic researchers who study treatments. There has been no proof to support the claim and researchers have struck back saying their research is...
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