ERIC Number: ED369196
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1993-Jul
Hyperactive or Activity Hyper: Intervention for the Child with Attention Problems.
Eddowes, E. Anne; Aldridge, Jerry
Children who may appear to have Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder may actually be "activity hyper" because they are asked to attend to tasks or activities inappropriate for their age or circumstances. Such preschoolers exhibit overactivity or distractibility due to a number of ecological variables such as a problem with classroom organization, ineffective routines, difficult transitions, social interactions, or a lack of fit between the child and the environment. Solutions for the activity hyper preschool child fall into three categories: classroom organization and management, the daily schedule, and the child's strengths and interests. Constant observation and anecdotal records, with careful attention to contextual variables, are necessary for designing and implementing a program to meet the individual needs of an activity hyper child. Several short large-group activity periods should be balanced with small-group or center-based learning. Preschool activity hyper children can strengthen their attention abilities by working on numerous activities relating to a theme. Another way to accommodate the child's development of attention is to consider the child's strengths and interests in planning activities. The goal should always be helping the child move toward being responsible for his own behavior. (JDD)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Opinion Papers
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Teachers; Practitioners
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Regional Council for Exceptional Children/Division for Early Childhood Head Start Conference (4th, Birmingham, AL, July 11-13, 1993).