ERIC Number: ED280218
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1982-Jun
Reference Count: 0
Helping the Hyperactive Child.
Texas State Dept. of Mental Health and Mental Retardation, Austin.
This brief booklet discusses the characteristics, causes, and treatments of attention deficit disorders with hyperactivity. Although children with this condition may be overly active, fidgety, distractible, aggressive, impulsive, and have difficulty learning, the primary problem is their inability to concentrate and pay attention. The exact origin of attention deficit disorders is unknown, and no single cause has been established, although it has been ascribed to genetic, biological, physiological, social, and environmental factors. While there is no "cure" for this disorder, management of attention deficit disorders has involved a variety of methods. Psychoactive drugs (particularly stimulants) have been used with some success. Tranquilizers are also prescribed, but their effectiveness is more questionable. Diet treatment excludes all foods and medicines containing artificial flavorings, colorings, and salicylate (a type of salt) from the child's diet. Psychological interventions have included family therapy and behavior modification techniques. Parents should be active in helping their child through thorough, open discussions with doctors and teachers about management techniques used at home. Children with attention deficit disorders may "grow out" of their disability, but underachievement and school failure occurring before intervention may cause poor self-esteem and other problems which could remain with them throughout their adult lives. (CB)
Descriptors: Attention Deficit Disorders, Behavior Modification, Dietetics, Drug Therapy, Etiology, Hyperactivity, Intervention, Parent Child Relationship, Psychological Services
Public Information Services, Texas Department of Mental Health and Mental Retardation, P.O. Box 12668, Austin, TX 78711 (single copy free).
Publication Type: Guides - Non-Classroom
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Texas State Dept. of Mental Health and Mental Retardation, Austin.