Hyperactive Children:

How to act with them

Before anything, we must define what is, in fact, hyperactivity, because that term has been widely confused with business outright or even with indiscipline:

Hyperactivity, known in medicine for attention deficit disorder, can affect children, teenagers and even some adults. Symptoms vary from mild to severe and may include speech problems, memory and motor skills.

Although, the hyperactive child often have a normal intelligence or above average, the state is characterized by problems with learning and behaviour disabilities.

Teachers and parents of hyperactive children should be able to cope with the lack of attention, impulsivity, emotional instability and uncontrollable hyperactive child.

The hyperactive behaviour may be related to a loss of vision or hearing, a communication problem, as the inability to properly process the symbols and ideas that come up, emotional stress, seizures or sleep disorders. It may also be related to cerebral palsy, lead poisoning, abuse of alcohol or drugs during pregnancy, reaction to certain medicines or food and birth complications, such as oxygen deprivation during birth or trauma. These problems should be discarded as a cause of behaviour before treating hyperactivity in children.

The real hyperactive behaviour interferes with family life, school and social development.

Eliminate preservatives and sugar from your child's diet. It is the most important and vital to making the hyperactive child. Give your child a liquid supplement of calcium and magnesium.

Seek therapy and behaviour modification experience. These disciplines help children understand the problem which is fighting against the established goals and standards and to recognize and evaluate their behaviour. These programs teach internal controls that can be used in various situations. Your child will learn to offer rewards for their achievements and learn from their mistakes.

Cooperate with your doctor or therapist to develop behavioural modification programs. It is important that the program is clear, easily understood and easily executed by all who participate (children and adults).

Make sure that the two have understood that these programs help objectify and not to punish.

Develop a stable routine at home. To reduce confusion and the amount of daily stimuli, set specific times for eating and sleeping.

Seek therapy for you and your spouse, to help reduce the feelings of frustration and isolation; parents of hyperactive children need information and support. Seek help; surely you will find. You will learn to support your child and stay calm and close, even when things seem out of control. You also learn that it is important that parents take a holiday without feeling stressed or guilty about leaving a child "difficult" with other competent persons.

Try to assign a small task and quickly and gently insist that it is complete. Then be sure to thank and praise your child when the task has been completed.

It can not overemphasize the need for parents to have a break. Take an afternoon, an evening or a weekend. Contact with a person who can take care of your child. Call your parents and friends.

If you do this for your own good, do it for her son. Probably you will return feeling renewed, more peaceful and loving.