What is Hyperactivity?
Hyperactive is characterized by being constantly active and occasionally disruptive.
Hyperactivity behavior usually refers to having increased movement, impulsive actions, and a shorter attention span, and being easily distracted.
How is Hyperactive different from ADHD/ADD?
ADHD is attention deficit and hyperactivity disorder. ADD is attention deficit disorder (without hyperactivity). The state of being ‘hyperactive’ does not necessarily indicate a diagnosis of ADHD.
ADHD is diagnosed when symptoms impair functioning in more than one area of life: understanding and communicating, social and interpersonal functioning, academic or occupational functioning, or participating in family, social and community activities.
Most people experience hyperactivity at some time during their lives without it interfering with their functioning.
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Isn’t hyperactivity a normal characteristic of children?
Yes, some level of hyperactivity is considered developmentally normative in children.
SO, coping with a hyperactive child can be tough. A hyperactive child can seem unstable, bouncing from activity to activity with seemingly limitless energy. Following a few tips can make dealing with a hyperactive child a bit easier to bear.
1- Guidance their Energy
Find means to vent their energy and calm their minds. Children need to run around and play a lot. Teachers can invest in classes. That can help them use up their energy, physical activity, and soothe the mind.
You can also involve your child in games and activities to help them engage meaningfully. And focus on play-based activities. Such as outdoor sports like football, basketball, volleyball, baseball.
Also, swimming for self-discipline. Participating in theatre for creative engagement, being in natural surroundings for trekking, hiking, rock-climbing. Or rowing and thinking games like scrabble, chess, matching pairs, etc. are great exercises for the brain.
This will help boost their memory skills and concentration- not to forget skill development as well!
2- Talk To Your Child In A Simple Manner
Give them your complete attention and lend an ear to their concerns, interests, and apprehensions. Also get them to make to-do lists and break down the instructions given to them.
Give praise and rewards whenever the child successfully completes a task. Positive reinforcement is a reward for getting through the struggle of task completion.
3- Help Them Deal With Their Feelings
Children with hyperactivity find it difficult to handle anger, sadness, and worry. Help them to deal with their feelings and tell them what is good and what is bad.
4- Make Them Relax
Minimize distractions and screen time. Take them out to green surroundings. Just be patient, take a deep breath, be determined to calm him/her, and put his/her high energy levels to good use.
5- Behaviour Therapy
Reward them for good manners, listening to you, sticking to a routine, encouraging them to establish order. and letting them know what is expected of him/her. The best way to deal with a hyperactive kid is to engage his mind and body and channelise their energy.
Also, TV and video games do little to channel energy and are a major distraction.
6- Don’t Be Too Hasty With Medication
Coping with a hyperactive child should not be like just a matter of getting them onto medication. It is true that certain medications can help to balance out the brain chemistry of those who truly need them.
However, medications carry side effects and should not be the default option. If behavior modification methods do not work over a period of time, then you and your child’s doctor should work together to decide if medication is required. This should be a last resort rather than a first choice.
In short, it is helpful to prepare yourself with health information by reading and talking to friends, but always consult your doctor before taking medical action or changing your health routine