Are child ADHD classes the solution?
Children diagnosed with Attention Deficit Hyper Activity (ADHD) are usually diagnosed when they start school, this is not surprising as the expected classroom behaviour is often the exact behavioural areas that a child with ADHD struggles. Whenthey are expected to conform to a more structured environment the symptoms become more apparent.
There are two areas that need to be met in order for a child to be diagnosed with ADHD. The first area of difficulty is inattention, this can display as a lack of attention to detail, making careless mistakes, difficulty maintaining attention to tasks or play, appears not be listening, difficulty following instructions or organising activities or easily forgetful. The second area is that of hyperactivity and impulsivity which can present with a child who is fidgety, leaves seat when he or she should be seated, has difficulty engaging in quiet play and talks excessively, runs or climbs when it isn’t appropriate, blurts out answers or interrupts other and has difficulty waiting their own turn. When one looks at these behaviours one can understand why parents are concerned, why teachers are frustrated and why specific child ADHD classes may appear to be a solution. What I mean by child ADHD classes, are classes that group children with ADHD together.
Child ADHD classes present a problem however, firstly because energy feeds of energy so instead of having one or two children that are struggling to sit still and follow instructions and learn, one has multiple children on their own little a mission. The end result being that all the teachers are doing is managing the chaos and no learning is taking place. So, if children are not learning in child ADHD classes where or how will they learn.
The answer lies in building skills and reducing inattention, hyperactivity and impulsivity and these can be addressed through an individualised program. The key to reducing these problem behaviours is through teaching skills. This can be developed through an individualised educational program that looks at and address skill deficits related to attention, inhibition, flexibility, time management skills, problem solving skills, play and social skills. An effective way to teach these skills is in a one-on-one environment with a program that has been carefully and specifically designed for each child.
Starting on an individualised program such as the ones at Catch Up Kids, helps set the stage for success at school. The one-on-one environment not only allows for intensive practice if skills but also helps children build their sense of confidence and gives them a sense of achievement. Once improvement in this areas are made children with an ADHD diagnosis are able to integrate and successfully participate in the class environment.