Hello parents! Do you have a child who has attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD)? That’s not a light matter. You know there’s hardly an area of your child’s future life where this will not leave any impact; starting from school, family, and career to physical and mental health. ADHD may bring wide-ranging difficulties in your kid’s life if you do not look for necessary treatment options as early as possible.
Occupational therapy can address physical, educational, social as well as organizational deficits with an individualized plan to help your kid make significant improvements in his/her skills, needs, and activities.
Before we delve into a deep discussion on how pediatric occupational therapy may help toddlers as well as growing children with ADHD, let’s know about the ADHD condition in detail.
Adhd In A Nutshell
ADHD stands for Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder. This is a behavior disorder, which is generally diagnosed in early childhood. This is a disorder characterized by impulsivity, inattention, in a few cases, hyperactivity. Parents may find all these symptoms present together in their children; however, this may vary from one child to another. Tailor-made pediatric occupational therapy is highly beneficial for ADHD conditions.
What Are The Various Types Of Adhd?
There are Three major types of ADHD:
ADHD, Combined Type- Well, this is the most common type of ADHD. This is characterized by all the things together such as impulsive and hyperactive behaviors and inattention and distractibility.
ADHD, Impulsive/Hyperactive Type– This is the least common type of ADHD, which comes with impulsive and hyperactive behaviors. There is no inattention and distractibility.
ADHD, Inattentive And Distractible Type- This type of ADHD is dominated by inattention and distractibility without hyperactivity.
What are the causes of ADHD?
Although there are countless resources conducted for this condition, the chief cause of the disorder is still unknown. A few pieces of available evidence suggest that ADHD is genetic and a brain-based biological disorder.
Low levels of dopamine (a brain chemical) are found in children with ADHD. Brain metabolism is lower in the areas of the brain in children with ADHD that control attention, movement, and social judgment. This might cause ADHD.
What are the Common symptoms of ADHD?
The 3 categories of symptoms of ADHD:
Category 1: Inattention:
Difficulty listening to others or attending to details
Short attention span for age
Poor organizational skills
Lower study skills for age
Category 2: Impulsivity:
Tends to blurt out answers instead of waiting to be called upon
Indulge in taking frequent risks without thinking before acting
Can not wait for his or her turn in school and/or social games
Category 3: Hyperactivity
Seems to be in constant motion with no apparent goal
Loses or forgets things repeatedly
Can not wait in his/her seat even when it is expected
Shifts from one task to another without bringing any to completion
How can Occupational Therapy Help Your Child with ADHD?
Occupational therapists (OTs) have a one-of-a-kind, holistic perspective. They thoroughly analyze the condition of the children to detect the symptoms even better. After that, they formulate a comprehensive treatment plan. Here, the therapists make use of the child’s strengths to help them cope with their challenges and improve with time with daily activities at home, in the community, and at school.
OTs also involve families and teachers in the therapy sessions to provide them with practical strategies that are tailored to each child. OTs provide structured and graded activities to help children increase their independence across environments.
What Includes in the Occupational Therapy Session for Children with ADHD?
Dubai’s best occupational therapists involve children in the following activities
- Play games, for instance, catching or hitting a ball. This is done to improve coordination.
- Various activities to work out anger and aggression.
- Understand new ways to accomplish daily tasks such as brushing teeth, getting dressed, or feeding themselves. This brings self-confidence to accomplish daily tasks on their own.
- Try various techniques to improve focus.
- Practice handwriting. This is very effective for children with poor handwriting issues.
- There are also activities to improve their social skills.
- Activities are also included in this session to improve time management.
- The therapists set up ways to help the kid stay organized in the classroom and at home.
- Various ways to make the child understand hyperactivity and how to keep it in check.
How to Find the Best Occupational Therapists For Children with ADHD?
Hope AMC works with certified occupational therapists in Dubai who offer the best pediatric occupational therapy for kids with ADHD, sensory disorders, and other issues. Our therapists are compassionate, well-versed, and dedicated to helping each child improve with time.
If you observe any above-mentioned symptoms in your child, don’t wait! Consult one of our occupational therapists today!