The American Academy of Optometry recently published a study on their findings from the CDC’s national survey of children’s health. What its members found was that children with vision problems were two times more likely to develop ADHD. Examples of these types of vision problems included disorders of eye alignment (more commonly known as crossed eyes) and eye movement (nystagmus), with researchers – led by Dawn K. DeCarlo, OD, MSPH, FAAO of the University of Alabama at Birmingham – analyzing data from the cross-sectional 2011-2012 National Survey of Children’s Health, itself conducted by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Further, the sample included 75,171 children aged between four and 17, with telephone interviewers having asked about the child’s vision as assessed by a health care provider, ADHD, intellectual impairment and condition severity.
While it still appears from time to time in some clinical administrative paperwork and other such documents, the term “ADD” (Attention Deficit Disorder) is actually no longer used. In the wake of this, professional psychologists have broken ADHD (Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder) into three classifications, or types of ADHD: “Inattentive ADHD,” “Hyperactive ADHD” and “Combined ADHD,” with each of them exhibiting their own host of manifesting symptoms.
Everybody loves praise for a job well done, and positive reinforcement is an effective way to foster self-confidence in your child. If your child has ADHD, giving him praise and positive reinforcement is especially important. Kids who have ADHD need guidelines and boundaries. If you focus on appropriate behavior and reward your child for it, the positive behavior is likely to continue.
Positive reinforcement has many forms. Stickers, behavior charts, and happy faces on completed homework assignments are motivators to encourage a child to strive to excel in the classroom. Trips to the park or family game nights are great ways to reward appropriate behavior at home.
Children with ADHD struggle in the classroom when the symptoms of their condition upset the natural order of things. Distractibility, impulsivity, and inappropriate classroom behavior are obstacles to learning for kids with ADHD. Studies have revealed that 1 in 10 children between the ages of 4 and 17 in the United States have ADHD or other learning disorders.
Executive Function Disorder vs. Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder
Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder
ADHD is the most commonly diagnosed mental disorder in children. The disorder is more common in boys than in girls. Symptoms often persist throughout the teenage years, and even into adulthood. Recent studies indicate that approximately 11 percent of school age children in the United States have a diagnosis of ADHD. The percentage is rising.
If your child has ADHD, you are all too familiar with the behaviors and symptoms associated with the condition. Some children with ADHD also struggle with a wide range of language disorders, making it even more difficult to succeed in the classroom. The ability to understand and process spoken and written language is essential to the learning process. The importance of language comprehension begins in infancy and continues throughout adulthood. The child with ADHD is more likely to have a language processing disorder than peers of the same age.
There’s an old song that says, “Summertime, and the living is easy.” If you have a child with ADHD, you know that is true. Lazy days, sleeping late, impromptu picnics, swimming and vacations are the activities we think of when we say summer. All kids love the freedom of those loosely planned days and staying up late nights. For the child with ADHD, giving up that freedom and starting back to school can be a challenge. There are ways to make the transition easier for you and your child. The beginning of the school year can be fun and exciting if you plan ahead and prepare your student to begin the school year with a positive attitude. The following simple back to school guide can help your child get off to a running start as he heads back to school this year.
Are you looking for a way to enhance your child’s cognitive thinking ability? Do your child’s behaviors make it difficult for him to learn? If so, help is available for you and your child. C8 Sciences is now offering the ACTIVATE™ brain training program for use in the comfort of your own living room. This revolutionary, computerized, brain training system is changing the way children think, learn and play.
ACTIVATE™ is a complete home cross training program. Your child will play neuroscience-based computer games that will enhance executive function skills such as working memory, sustained attention, self-control, organization and task initiation. Brain training for kids, using the ACTIVATE™ program, is fun, effective and challenging. The program combines computer-based brain training games and activities with a strategic physical exercise program that the entire family can enjoy.
ADHD is one of the most researched and prevalent childhood brain disorders. When considering the question “Is ADHD a learning disability or mental illness?” many factors must be considered. When a child begins to display certain symptoms, such as inability to focus, restlessness, and hyperactivity, Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder is usually suspected. Parents begin to wonder, is ADHD a learning disability? Is ADHD a mental illness? How will my child cope with the symptoms of ADHD? What can I do to help my child?
Simply put, if a person has a condition that inhibits mental functioning or causes significant mental impairment to the point that it interferes with basic executive functioning skills, the condition is classified as a psychiatric disorder. ADHD, or attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, is classified as a psychiatric disorder and the symptoms often continue through adolescence into adulthood.