Attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) is a mental disorder characterized by inattentiveness, hyperactivity and/or impulsivity. Often, normal child behavior is misdiagnosed as ADHD, especially in grade-school children. Not only do kids have a ton of energy, but they are often distracted or become agitated when overstimulated. Many parents and educators seek out official diagnoses if they discover that a child has trouble in school and can’t seem to sit still.

However, even normal kids struggle with sitting still all day long and focusing on schoolwork, so it can be hard to know if your child is being a normal kid or if they really do have ADHD. Here at Grey Matters of Carmel, our neurofeedback therapy helps children with ADHD by taking them through a series of exercises that retrain the brain. With our non-invasive, drug-free approach, we can help your child learn to harness their focus, which can help them navigate their days at school.

Does My Child Have ADHD?

In order to be diagnosed with ADHD, your child will need to complete a medical evaluation and meet a checklist of requirements from both parents and teachers. Still, there are two types of symptoms that an ADHD child will regularly display, whether in the classroom or at home: Inattention and hyperactive impulses. Not every child is the same, nor is their level of ADHD the same. Some children experience symptoms in one group, while others experience symptoms from both groups. This is why a proper medical diagnosis is required.

Inattentive Symptoms:

  • Overlooks details of schoolwork
  • Finds it difficult to follow instructions
  • Struggles with organization
  • Does not complete schoolwork or chores in a timely manner
  • Has trouble focusing when spoken to
  • Avoid doing tasks that require focus
  • Frequently loses track of items

Hyperactive-Impulses Symptoms:

  • Runs or climbs in areas where not appropriate
  • Difficulty remaining seated
  • Often fidgets or squirms
  • Inability to play quietly
  • Has trouble being patient or waiting their turn
  • Overly talkative
  • Blurts out a response before the other person is done speaking
  • Interrupts on conversations or activities

3 Ways ADHD Affects Learning in School

  1. Classrooms with Too Many Distractions
    Grade-school classrooms are designed to be colorful, stimulating, and overly abundant with joy and activities. However, children with ADHD can easily become overstimulated and overwhelmed by all of the distractions in one room. It’s hard to find a quiet moment in any school classroom, and a child with ADHD can easily lose focus on their tasks.In today’s modern classroom, kids learn to use technology, creating further distractions for those who are already struggling. Teachers and parents can combat these distractions by turning off notifications on computers and tablets and allowing for breaks throughout the day.
  2. Your Child’s Thoughts Outrun His/Her Body
    For students with ADHD, failing to learn usually isn’t the problem. It’s the fact that their minds outrun their bodies: There is typically a gap between what they’ve learned and how they carry that knowledge over into their homework or regular schoolwork. Often, this leads children to failing tests, missing assignments, and struggling with writing assignments.It’s not uncommon for ADHD students to become frustrated with the gap between their knowledge and their grades. Parents and teachers can help combat these frustrations by building up a child’s self-esteem through positive reinforcements and helping them become more self-aware. Try teaching your child how to take deep breaths or think positive thoughts when faced with a high-stress situation.
  3. There is a Constant Need for Movement
    ADHD children have a hard time regulating and controlling their body movements. It would seem that they are always in constant motion, making it difficult for them to sit still for extended periods. Not only can this make getting through a school lesson or test difficult, but it can also be disruptive to the rest of the class. This often leaves students frustrated and looking for ways out of class, which means they miss essential instructions or lessons that could make things easier for them to complete assignments.To keep ADHD children focused and seated, parents and teachers can help these students by providing them with ways to direct the need for movement while remaining seated. Some of the best objects adults have found that worked are fidget spinners, standing desks, and wiggle seats.

It Takes a Village

You’ve heard that saying before: “It takes a village to raise a child.” This is exceptionally true when it comes to raising kids with ADHD, apraxia, or other learning and mental disorders. That’s why Grey Matters of Carmel wants to be included in your village! Our neurofeedback therapy is precisely what your child needs to overcome their wondering thoughts and need for movement. Contact us today for your free consultation, and let’s get your child back on track!