It’s a common sight for many parents to find their little ones happily forgo their afternoon nap & play around incessantly. Alternatively, parents often learn from regular complaints at school that their child very frequently stares out of the window while the teacher is explaining important lessons in the classroom.
Such behaviour can always be a common part of growing up. However, it may also be incongruous and a symptom of something as serious as an Attention Deficit Hyperactive Disorder, commonly referred to as ADHD. Researchers suggest that the typical symptoms of hyperactivity show up in children between the ages of 3 to 6.
Hence, it’s important to be perceptive to your child’s behaviour as he/she is growing up.
Identifying Hyperactivity In Your Child
The behaviour of children is widely varied. If you find your little one always bundled up with a lot of energy, it isn’t justified to straight away suspect that your child is hyperactive.
However, as a responsible parent or teacher, it’s important to be attentive and concerned if the child appears exceedingly clumsy for a long time. It’s vital to be attentive to continued signs of a lack of hand and eye coordination, a desire to remain in motion all the time or most importantly find a general inability to concentrate on studies. As a matter of fact, hyperactivity in children affects them with the maximum difficulty in a classroom setup. Children suffering from ADHD may witness slow progress when it comes to education and therefore, demand some special care and attention.
Ways To Ensure Unhampered Education For A Hyper Active Child
Results from a research study suggest that 1 out of every 2 children suffering from ADHD faces troubles in concentrating. This makes it rather challenging to draw their attention to the studies, which however, can be simply achieved in the following manner –
Tactfully Handling Disruptive Classroom Behaviour
Hyperactive children tend to be extremely moody, which actually is completely unintentional. As a first step, you need to be patient and approach the child with an extremely positive attitude.
As a teacher/instructor, you may work out a few warning signals for the hyperactive children. For instance, a slight shoulder squeeze or a funny sticky note on the desk can be kept to attract his/her attention. Also, it is better to be careful about not poking them unless their behaviour is disturbing or distracting the other students in the class.
Arranging the Seats Strategically
Hyperactive children are known to be easily distracted by sights and sounds. As such, in a classroom setup, they should ideally be seated away from the doors/windows and be seated in rows with focus on the teacher. The quieter the area, the easier it will be for the child to concentrate.
Information Delivery Tactics
Hyperactive children by no means are less intelligent. On the contrary, they actually have the ability to grasp the information quickly. The worry is that about 33% of them suffer from anxiety, which comes in their way of attention.
So, understanding this, it is important to give them one instruction at a time and repeat as and when necessary. Also, you may choose to work on the difficult lessons early in the day. The more visually appealing and organized the information is, the easier it is for the child to take note of it. Moreover, using a lot of chart, colour coding and pictures also largely helps.
The attention time span of a hyperactive child is typically short. As such, worksheets with long tasks can fail to hold their attention for long. Short quizzes, filling the blanks, puzzles and oral tests are the best ways of tracking their progress and helping them achieve their education goals.
Encouragement is a very crucial thing for all children and the hyperactive ones in particular. It’s important to ensure that they never lose interest in studies or feel disheartened when unable to deliver the best. Accepting late works and giving credit for partial work can help to keep their morale boosted at all times.
Starting and Conducting the Lessons
Although quite unfortunate, hyperactivity in children is most dominant at the time when they are required to get introduced to the basic subjects. As such, the lessons need to be planned well in advance to ensure that the basics of each subject are ingrained deep in their mind.
Starting the lessons with a signal (visual or aural) is a good idea, as it will help them understand the beginning of it. Similarly, establishing eye contact and listing down the activities are helpful in setting the expectations from the children. Moreover, a break in between should always be allowed to let the child get back to his normal self.
As a teacher or guardian, it is good to remember that hyperactivity is by no means a disease that requires the child to enrol in a special school. Just a bit of extra care and attention at home and classroom can help them do as well as any other child.