What is ADHD?
Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder is a learning disability that affects both children and adults. Living with ADHD can be frustrating, even overwhelming, matched in sensory assault by living with someone who has it, like a child, or a parent.
ADHD children find themselves in an unfortunate neurological bind. Increased neurological activity leads to quick jumps from one thought to another, leaving the body to absorb the excess energy. When this happens, the body sends out signals to speed up neurological processing to compensate for physical strain.
Many children are misdiagnosed with ADHD, only to find later, to the surprise of their parents, that the hyperactivity, which might have warranted a diagnosis if it had been coupled with neurological misfires, was simply a part of growing up.
There are children, however, on whom the diagnosis has fallen accurately. For these children, positive interaction, which falls a quick second only to food in terms of general necessity for age-appropriate maturation, is used for two things.
1. Cognitive development
Positive interaction plays an important role in cognitive growth, as stimulation causes certain areas of the brain to fire more quickly than others, increasing processing speed and paving the way for more knowledge. To this extent, allowing an ADHD child to become aware of your frustration with them is counterproductive.
2. Stress Reduction
Activities that engage your child allow his or her brain to stop resisting its neurological jumps, supporting stream of consciousness. As the brain is given an external source of interaction through which to fire unabated, the body relaxes, requesting that the brain do the same. Eventually, short periods of focus, coupled with logic, begin to emerge.
It is important for children living with ADHD to understand that they are not alone. ADHD is a learning disability, but because it centers in the brain, it can be exploited to find and eventually utilize coping mechanisms that promote linear cognitive development.
Coping mechanisms are especially important for children living with ADHD. Because of the frequent neurological misfires the brain experiences as a result of the disorder, the ability to absorb new material is impeded, which is why ADHD is considered a learning disability.
In order to combat it, children affected by it need the tools to channel the misfires into catalysts for periods of focus. These tools are at the discretion of their parents.