Course Project for Developmental Psychology
Chapter 7: Physical and Cognitive Development in Middle and Late Childhood
Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder pg. 196-198
Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder is one of the most common learning/behavioral childhood disorders that can continue through adulthood. Children with ADHD are overactive, have difficulty controlling behavior and have trouble focusing. They also show impairment in their ability to perform socially and academically. Children with this disorder know what is expected of them however they still having trouble following direction by sitting still, listening, or attending to details. Of course, all children act in this manner occasionally, significantly once they are anxious or excited. However the difference with ADHD is that symptoms are extended over a period of time and occur in numerous settings. The good news is that with appropriate treatment, children with ADHD will learn to manage their symptoms and increasing their ability to learn.
The most important situation when it comes to ADHD is detecting it early in life. Early detection of the disorder may prevent, improve the development or reduce long term affects. This is main reason why I chose to discuss this topic. It is important to be concerned with the first sign of symptoms with this disorder even at preschool-age. Like I said earlier this disorder will impair a child’s behavior and learning which will prevent their ability to develop. Early detection may also reduce the emergence of more secondary conditions like anxiety or disobedient behaviors. Plus once parents or teachers are able to acknowledge these signs and impairments this will give them the ability to be more understanding and tolerant with these children. Since, handle this type of issue in a negative way would only aggravate or worsen the child’s symptoms. Therefore, just be positive if your child has this disorder because this could also make them want to...