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Early intervention works best for children with ADD, ADHD or a learning disability

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Teresa Welsh

Posted: Tuesday, September 4, 2012 1:25 pm | Updated: 1:31 pm, Tue Sep 4, 2012.

Does your child get upset doing homework?

Does your child find it hard to follow directions?

Does your child daydream in class?

Does your child lose homework assignments?

Many parents today are wondering if their child has ADHD, ADD or a learning disability. If you are saying yes to some of these questions, then you should write a letter to your school, requesting to have him or her evaluated for special education.

What are the symptoms of an ADHD child?

ADHD stands for Attention Deficit Hyperactive Disorder. There are three types of ADHD: inattentive, hyperactive and impulsive. Parents need to be aware of the symptoms so children can get the appropriate help from licensed psychologist or developmental pediatric physicians.

A child who has symptoms of inattentive:

• Often fails to give close attention to details;

• Makes careless mistakes in schoolwork, work, or other activities;

• Often has difficulty sustaining attention in tasks or play activities;

• Often does not seem to listen when spoken to directly;

• Often does not follow through on instructions and fails to finish schoolwork;

• Often has difficulty organizing tasks and activities;

• Often daydreams;

• Often avoids, dislikes, tasks that require sustained mental effort; and

• Often forgetful in daily activities.

Children who have symptoms of hyperactivity may:

• Fidget and squirm in their seats,

• Talk nonstop,

• Dash around, touching or playing with anything and everything in sight,

• Have trouble sitting still during dinner, school, and story time,

• Be constantly in motion, or

• Have difficulty doing quiet tasks or activities.

Children who have symptoms of impulsivity may:

• Be very impatient,

• Blurt out inappropriate comments,

• Have difficulty waiting for things they want or waiting their turns in games,

• Often interrupt conversations or others' activities,

• Often has aggressive behavior, or

• Act without thinking.

Your child may have four or more of these symptoms. It is important to get him evaluated so he can get the appropriate resources in school.

Here are some tips on setting these kids up for success. In your home, you should have a routine doing homework. If the student has multiple subjects, chunk assignments by doing homework for 15 minutes and then take a10 minute break. A timer on the stove works well.

Kids with ADHD, ADD and learning disabilities need physical exercise. When they get home, have them play for half an hour in the back yard or playground to get some energy out then get to the homework.

Teresa Welsh is an East Valley advocate and parent coach who specializes in working with ADHD and Aspersers’ children since two of her children have these gifts. Each month, she hosts webinars on different disabilities. To see the schedule, check teresawelsh.com or email teresa@teresawelsh.com.

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