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18/Aug/2022

All you need to know about Behavioural Disorder in kids

Small kids can be naughty, rebellious, and hasty now and again, which is totally ordinary. Nonetheless, a few kids have very troublesome and testing ways of behaving that are outside the standard for their age, it very well may be an indication of a conduct issue or behavioural disorder. These problems can result from temporary stressors in the child’s life, or they might represent more enduring disorders.

The most common behavioural disorders are:

  • Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) is a disorder that causes difficulty focusing attention. It can also cause hyperactivity and impulsivity.
  • Oppositional Defiant Disorder (ODD), for instance, includes angry outbursts, typically directed at people in authority. Children with ODD display angry outbursts toward authority figures, such as parents, caregivers, or teachers.
  • Conduct Disorder (CD) tend to violate basic social rules and the rights of others. This can have a significant impact on someone’s academic, social, and home life. People with CD may also have difficulty feeling empathy or have another condition, such as anxiety or post-traumatic stress disorder that affects their thoughts and behaviour.

 

Some of the main symptoms for the above include Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD), anxiety disorder, depression, bipolar disorder and learning disorders.

Behavioural disorders in children can be improved by providing then with adequate training at a very young age like cognitive therapy which helps them to control their thoughts, anger management techniques which helps them to identify the signs of their growing frustrations, and social training which helps the individual to have a proper conversation with the people around them and some encouragement which will boost their morale and would try to improve on their social skills.

If your child is experiencing any of these behavioural disorders, it is important to get help from a professional as soon as possible, because these conditions can affect the quality of life to such a degree that they may lead to self-harm. At Jeevaniyam, our Paediatrician, Child psychologist, and Child psychiatrist help your child to manage their behaviours with early intervention and appropriate treatments such as cognitive behaviour therapy, medication, parent management training and treatment for associated problems. With careful treatment, we can improve your child’s behaviour over time.


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13/Aug/2022

ADHD In Children: An Excessive Talking Child!

One of the most common symptoms for a kid with ADHD (Attention-Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder) is excessive talking and often have trouble inhibiting and controlling their responses which would result in making humming, noises, movement, fidgeting, wiggling, getting into things, etc. They may blurt out whatever first comes to mind, whether appropriate or not, without thinking through how their words may be received.

 

There are several characteristics of ADHD that may lead to excessive talking

  • Hyperactivity:
    • Hyperactivity can be classified as physical and/or verbal overactivity, including talking excessively, interrupting others, monopolizing conversations, and not letting others talk.
  • Language pragmatics:
    • Talking too much is also related to language pragmatics or the social use of language. Language problems, including pragmatics, are common in nearly half of the children with ADHD.
  • Difficulty with social cues:
    • Many kids with ADHD have a hard time picking up on and reading social cues, which can make it difficult to take turns in conversations.
  • Self-control:
    • ADHD can interfere with a child’s self-control and ability to manage impulsive behaviour, like, blurting out comments at inappropriate times.
  • Poor listening skills:
    • Kids with ADHD have hard time carrying on a conversation because it’s difficult for them to pause, listen to other people, and make appropriate decisions about when to talk and stop talking. Again, they don’t always know how to focus on other people and take cues from them.
  • Difficulty to think before they speak:
    • Kids with ADHD don’t realize when it is or isn’t the appropriate time to talk; they blurt out the first thing that pops into their mind and monopolizes conversations because it’s hard for them to put their brain and their mouth on pause.

 

In general, kids with ADHD have a challenging time dealing with too much talking, humming, noises, movement, fidgeting, wiggling, getting into things, etc. At Jeevaniyam, our Psychologist, Speech and language pathologist and Occupational therapist help your child to deal with the issues related to excessive talking by training them with the basics of effective communication and channelling their energy effectively and thereby controlling their responses. We support your child to understand, practice and develop their social skills for a bright future.


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02/Jul/2022

The Role Of Parents & Teachers Towards ADHD Students

ADHD is one of the most common neurodevelopmental disorders of childhood. It is usually first diagnosed in childhood and often lasts into adulthood. Children with ADHD may have trouble paying attention, controlling impulsive behaviours (may act without thinking about what the result will be), or be overly active. It is normal for children to have trouble focusing and behaving at one time or another. However, children with ADHD do not just grow out of these behaviours. The symptoms continue, can be severe, and can cause difficulty at school, at home, or with friends. The teachers and parents play a major role in shaping the lives of the child. The teachers should be dutiful and willing to uplift the child. The parents should undertake special responsibility to teach the child. Thus, ensuring that ADHD students can study and be on par with the other students.

The main signs of children with ADHD are
  • Demanding attention by talking out of turn or moving around the room.
  • Having trouble following instructions, especially when they’re presented in a list, and with operations that require ordered steps, such as long division or solving equations.
  • Often forgetting to write down homework assignments, complete them, or bring completed work to school.
  • Often lack fine motor control, which makes note-taking difficult and handwriting a trial to read.
  • Having problems with long-term projects where there is no direct supervision.
  • Not to pull their weight during group work and may even keep a group from accomplishing its task.

Parents should be extremely cooperative towards their teachers. They should regularly check their notebook and complete the notes if, the child has not completed them in class. The teachers cannot prepare notes separately for the students, so the parents should undertake this responsibility. The ADHD kid is usually not intellectually disabled and hence can learn like the other kids if they are given special attention. Parents must accept the fact that children with ADHD have functionally different brains from those of other children. While children with ADHD can still learn what is acceptable and what isn’t, their disorder does make them more prone to impulsive behaviour.

The teachers play a special role in evaluating the needs of the children. They should access their strengths and weaknesses and undertake a step accordingly. The teachers can help the students to stay focused and learn to their full capabilities. The teacher should always think positively and should not deny helping such students. Some teachers simply use such statements ‘We are always pestering the kid to write notes, but the child is not writing’. But such kids may be very smart but due to the teacher’s discouragement, the child may not develop fully to their potential.

At Jeevaniyam, with the help of our professionals, we detect ADHD at a very young age in children and help them overcome it with a combination of our ayurvedic protocols and two basic principles of behaviour management therapy. The first is encouraging and rewarding good behaviour (positive reinforcement). The second is removing rewards by following bad behaviour with appropriate consequences, leading to the extinguishing of bad behaviour (punishment, in behaviourist terms). You teach your child to understand that actions have consequences by establishing rules and clear outcomes for following or disobeying these rules. These principles must be followed in every area of a child’s life. That means at home, in the classroom, and in the social arena.


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27/Apr/2022

Effective Ways to Handle Hyperactive Children

Children of all ages typically have a lot of energy; nevertheless, hyperactive children are those who are restless and have trouble listening, receiving commands, or following instructions or directions. If you have a hyperactive child, then managing them can be challenging and stressful at times. Even though a hyperactive child may look unsteady, with endless energy and a propensity for hopping from one activity to the next, restoring order to their life is not difficult. Patience can be considered a major attribute in parents while dealing with these children.

The first step of a parent is to correctly identify whether the child is hyperactive or not. The best way to identify this is by checking whether the child is having reckless behaviour and too much activity that stems from receiving a lack of sufficient attention. Such kids are prone to never get tired, can’t focus or have short attention spans in general. Hyperactivity in children results in poor academic performance, lack of socialization and in severe cases even complete withdrawal from participating in group activities, which in turn can lead to depression, frustration, and poor self-esteem.

Many parents prefer to maintain a loose and relaxed household without an overabundance of rules. This laid-back parenting style works well for many children. Hyperactive children, however, tend to have trouble in unclear environments. Hyperactivity is caused by a psychological disorder known as attention deficit hyperactivity disorder. This is a problem with brain chemistry that affects the brain’s ability to pass information between brain cells. Therefore, it is not simply a matter of getting the child to see reason. Living within the constraints of daily life will be a struggle for him, so focus on the issues that truly matter and let other areas slide.

We, at Jeevaniyam advise parents with the following tips:

  • Break Down Complex Instructions
  • Minimize Distractions
  • Utilize Positive Reinforcement like praise and rewards for completing tasks
  • Help the Child Create a To-Do List
  • Give a chance for the child to run around and simply play in an unstructured setting
  • Be educated on your child’s disorder
  • Try and calm your child down
  • Play Games
  • Change Diet

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16/Apr/2022

What you need to know about ADHD?

Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) is a mental health condition that can cause unusual levels of hyperactivity and impulsive behaviours. This is one of the most common neurodevelopmental disorders of childhood. It is usually first diagnosed in childhood and often lasts into adulthood. Children with ADHD may have trouble paying attention, controlling impulsive behaviours (may act without thinking about what the result will be), or be overly active.

The most common symptoms that are usually found in such cases are:

  • Disorganization and problems prioritizing.
  • Poor time management skills.
  • Problems focusing on a task.
  • Trouble multitasking.
  • Excessive activity or restlessness.
  • Poor planning.
  • Low frustration tolerance.

It is normal for children to have trouble focusing and behaving at one time or another. However, children with ADHD do not just grow out of these behaviours. The symptoms continue, can be severe, and can cause difficulty at school, at home, or with friends. A child with ADHD might:

  • Daydream a lot
  • Forget or lose things a lot
  • Squirm or fidget
  • Talk too much
  • Make careless mistakes or take unnecessary risks
  • Have a hard time resisting temptation
  • Have trouble taking turns
  • Have difficulty getting along with others

It is s believed to have neurological origins. Genetics may also play a role. Findings indicate that people with ADHD have less Gray Matter volume. Gray matter includes the brain areas that help with:

  • Speech
  • Self-control
  • Decision making
  • Muscle control

At Jeevaniyam, ADHD is best treated with a combination of behaviour therapy and Ayurvedic medication. For preschool-aged children (4-5 years of age) with ADHD, behaviour therapy, particularly training for parents, is recommended as the first line of treatment before medication is tried. What works best can depend on the child and family. Good treatment plans will include close monitoring, follow-ups, and making changes, if needed, along the way.


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