Due to its silent nature, a common misconception amongst teachers is that their students suffering from Attention Deficit Disorder (ADD) are apathetic or uninterested in the material presented. As such, Attention Deficit Disorder (ADD), or inattentive ADHD, has a tendency of going on for years without receiving appropriate diagnosis. Often many of the symptoms present before children reaching their school years. However, the diagnosis of the disorder is only ascertained once children reach school due to the increased expectations required in such a setting. Consequentially these children can go into the latter stage of their academic career suffering academically without addressing the underlying attention and memory issues. There are a variety of ways in which the symptoms of ADD can be treated:
- Diet/nutrition/supplements: Adequate nutrition focusing on a diet and/or supplements which consist of a healthy compromise of protein, omega 3 fatty acids, iron, zinc and vitamins C and B6.
- Exercise: Including sufficient exercise routines into your child’s daily life. Attentional skills can be boosted by increased levels of dopamine, norepinephrine and serotonin which are elevated through regular exercise.
- Medication: Certain medications have been recommended as means to treat ADD. It has been shown that medications are not a permanent cure for ADD but do assist in helping some children to manage the symptoms of ADD more effectively.
- Behaviour therapy: This is a structure-based approach aimed at teaching children strategies to modify their behaviour by rewarding desired behaviour and eliminating actions or behaviours that are not desired.
At Catch Up Kids we aim to promote a child’s independence and success in the classroom setting by employing modified strategies of behavioural therapy in order to address challenges in areas of difficulty that children with Attention Deficit Disorder (ADD) may exhibit such as attention, planning, emotional regulation skills, self-monitoring, social skills and more. The Catch Up Kids program is structured at an individualized level ensuring that your child’s program is designed to meet their needs and assist them to overcome personal challenges that they face in the classroom every day. In order to ensure that your child’s Catch Up kids program is addressing all of their needs, a comprehensive assessment is performed which compromises of a school observation as well as a workshop in which an individualized program is designed by your Catch Up supervisor. A team of Catch Up Kids tutors are assigned to your child to carry out extra lessons at a location that suits you. At Catch Up Kids we provide students with the assistance that they need to succeed whether it be during extra lessons or school facilitation within the classroom setting. In order to ensure ongoing progress, monthly workshops with your child’s tutoring team, teacher and/or school team are arranged. Catch Up Kids aims to work for your child to help them to overcome any and all challenges faced in the school setting.