ERIC Number: ED281329
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1985
Reference Count: 0
Helping the Hyperactive Child: Caring about Kids.
National Inst. of Mental Health (DHHS), Rockville, MD.
This booklet describes characteristics of hyperactive children and discusses identification procedures, causes, treatment, and future developments in this area. Actual diagnosis of hyperkinetic behavior syndrome, commonly referred to as hyperactivity, is complex and should include a thorough examination by a pediatrician, and sometimes a child psychologist, psychiatrist, or a neurologist. The exact cause of hyperactivity is unknown; no single cause has been established. Medication, diet, and psychological interventions have been used with varied success to treat hyperactive children. Parents and other adults involved with hyperactive children should help them experience success in educational and social situations to help them improve their self-image and increase their motivation to behave appropriately. It is important that intervention begin as soon as possible to keep such potential outcomes as underachievement and negative self-esteem from becoming long-term problems. (JW)
Descriptors: Child Rearing, Clinical Diagnosis, Dietetics, Drug Therapy, Educational Needs, Etiology, Handicap Identification, Hyperactivity, Intervention, Psychological Characteristics, Psychological Services
Public Inquiries, National Institute of Mental Health, 5600 Fishers Lane, Rockville, MD 20857.
Publication Type: Information Analyses; Guides - Non-Classroom
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: National Inst. of Mental Health (DHHS), Rockville, MD.