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What can help child's hyperactive behavior?

Hello sir!! I would like to let you know that am a school counselor who has to deal with hyperactive, anxious and others. With hyperactive kid have currently working on social skills. Apart from this, could you please suggest any other technique for reducing the child s hyperactive behavior.
Asked On : Fri, 12 Oct 2012
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Psychiatrist 's  Response
Hi and welcome to Healthcare Magic. Thanks for your question...

I appreciate your interest in helping children with hyperactivity problems. The first step in dealing with a hyperactive child is a comprehensive assessment. This is because the causes of hyperactivity are really varied and further management depends on the probable cause. The causes could range from a normal variant of child behaviour to disorders like ADHD or underlying intellectual / learning disorders or behavioural disorders or even a manifestaion of stress. Evaluation is best done taking into account the child's behaviour in multiple settings, like classroom, among peers, at home , etc. Assessment should also include the parents to look into the parenting methods or look for any stressors at home. Similarly counselling and therapy should not only involve the child but the parents and sometimes, class teachers also. Behavioural techniques using positive and negative reinforcement, social skills training and providing a structured environment for the child to practice his / her skills can help reduce hyperactive behaviour. In certain cases, prompt referral to a psychiatrist for a clinical evaluation would also be important.

Wish you all the best.

- Dr. Jonas Sundarakumar
Consultant Psychiatrist
Answered: Sat, 13 Oct 2012
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Psychiatrist Dr. Hemanth Kumar B G's  Response
hi samhitha, in treating hyperactive children, you might use behavioral management like rewarding what is seen as desired behavior than by punishing what is seen as undesirable behavior. the reward could be in any form like giving points/stars/little money/eatables ect.
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Psychiatrist Dr. Gourav Monga's  Response

welcome to healthcare magic

Apart from all this..........visit to a psychiatrist is must for other type of treatments like pharmaco-therapy (medication) as there are effective treatment options available for these children

Good Luck

Answered: Sat, 13 Oct 2012
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General & Family Physician Dr. A K M Wasim Rahman's  Response
There is a specific disease called ADHD (ATTENTION DEFICIT HYPERACTIVE DISORDER)
The symptoms of ADHD fall into three groups:
1.Lack of attention (inattentiveness)
3.Impulsive behavior (impulsivity)
Fails to give close attention to details or makes careless mistakes in schoolwork
Has difficulty keeping attention during tasks or play
Does not seem to listen when spoken to directly
Does not follow through on instructions and fails to finish schoolwork, chores, or duties in the workplace
Has difficulty organizing tasks and activities
Avoids or dislikes tasks that require sustained mental effort (such as schoolwork)
Often loses toys, assignments, pencils, books, or tools needed for tasks or activities
Is easily distracted
Is often forgetful in daily activities
Fidgets with hands or feet or squirms in seat
Leaves seat when remaining seated is expected
Runs about or climbs in inappropriate situations
Has difficulty playing quietly
Is often "on the go," acts as if "driven by a motor," talks excessively
Blurts out answers before questions have been completed
Has difficulty awaiting turn
Interrupts or intrudes on others (butts into conversations or games)
A combination of medication and behavioral treatment works best.
You can use Behavior Theraphy-
Talk therapy for both the child and family can help everyone understand and gain control of the stressful feelings related to ADHD.
Parents should use a system of rewards and consequences to help guide their child's behavior. It is important to learn to handle disruptive behaviors. Support groups can help you connect with others who have similar problems.
Communicate regularly with the child's teacher.
Keep a consistent daily schedule, including regular times for homework, meals, and outdoor activities. Make changes to the schedule in advance and not at the last moment.
Limit distractions in the child's environment.
Make sure the child gets a healthy, varied diet, with plenty of fiber and basic nutrients.
Make sure the child gets enough sleep.
Praise and reward good behavior.
Provide clear and consistent rules for the child.
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