10 Tips For Coping With A Hyperactive Child

How To Help Children With Hyperactivity Problem By Lisa Fritscher Published September 12, 2007 http://www.lifescript.com/well-being/articles/0/10_tips_for_coping_with_a_hyperactive_child.aspx Coping with a hyperactive child can be tough. A hyperactive child can seem unstable, bouncing from activity to activity with seemingly limitless energy. He or she may appear to have difficulty listening or following directions. He may perform poorly in school, getting less than acceptable grades and demonstrating behavioral problems. While there is no right answer to handling a hyperactive child, following a few tips can make coping with a hyperactive child a bit easier to bear. Establish Order Many parents prefer to maintain a loose and relaxed household without an overabundance of rules. This laid back parenting style works well for many children. Hyperactive children, however, tend to have trouble in unclear environments. If you are coping with a hyperactive child, keep the household running in a clear and ordered manner. In this way, the child will know what is expected of him from day to day. Choose your Battles It is important that you decide which issues are worth fighting. A hyperactive child is not a “bad kid.” Hyperactivity is caused by a psychological disorder known as Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder. This is a problem with brain chemistry that affects the brain’s ability to pass information between brain cells. Therefore, it is not simply a matter of getting the child to see reason. Living within the constraints of daily life will be a struggle for him, so focus on the issues that truly matter and let other areas slide. Break Down Complex Instructions It is difficult for a child with ADHD to...

Twelve facts about child injury in Australia

CHILD ACCIDENT PREVENTION FOUNDATION OF AUSTRALIA Information for parents and caregivers – Kidsafe SA Inc. • September 2010 www.kidsafesa.com.au fact: one Unintentional child injuries are a major public health issue in Australia. Most can be prevented. Preventable injuries are higher amongst children compared with other age groups (ABS 2007). fact: two In 2005–2006, 22,865 children 0–4 years of age were admitted to hospital for injury across Australia. This was second only to admissions to hospital for respiratory conditions. Hospital isolation rates were higher for boys than girls. Hospitalisation rates for falls and poisonings were higher for children living in rural and remote communities, compared to children living in metropolitan areas (1.5 times greater for falls and 1.9 times greater for poisoning) (AIHW 2008). fact: three More children die from injury in Australia (36%), than from cancer (19%) and diseases of the nervous system combined (11%) (ABS 2006). fact: four – The main causes of child deaths from unintentional injury are: – Transport related (car crashes and driveway run-overs). – Drowning (in particular swimming pools). – Unsafe sleeping environments.  – Strangulation/suffocation (entrapment in a cabinet, strangulation by a window blind cord). – Crush injuries (large objects falling onto a child). fact: five Success has been achieved in injury reduction in Australia in a number of areas, with the number of child deaths declining by approximately 60% since 1983 (AIHW 2005). This reduction provides evidence that dramatic success in reducing child injuries and deaths is possible through the use of multiple strategies. These have included legislative changes, environmental changes, community action, information, education and training. There is still much work to be done. fact: six There is a strong association between age of a child, developmental stage, how the child interacts with their environment, the type of...

Understanding a Loved One’s PTSD

By Matthew Tull PhD – updated July 23 / 2009 – PTSD [Post Traumatic Stress Disorder] The symptoms of PTSD are the body’s attempt to cope with extreme stress. Recovery from PTSD can be a long and difficult road. A family’s support and understanding can be invaluable on your loved one’s journey to recovery. http://ptsd.about.com/od/infoforfriendsfamily/a/PTSDfamily.htm Coping with PTSD in family members can be a difficult thing to do. The effect of PTSD on family can be great. Studies have shown that families where a parent has PTSD are characterized by more anxiety; unhappiness; martial problems and behavioral problems among the children in the family as compared to families where a parent does not have PTSD. The finding is not entirely surprising. PTSD sypmtoms can cause a person to act in ways that may be hard for family members to understand. Their behaviour may appear erratic and strange or be upsetting. The Role of the Family – The family can either positively or negatively impact on the loved one’s PTSD symptoms. The first step in living with and helping a loved one with PTSD is learning about the symptoms of PTSD and understanding how these symptoms may influence behaviour. Symptoms such as:- Re-experiencing / Avoidance / Hyperarousal What can family Do? – A family can do a number of things to cope with a loved one’s PTSD. First it is important to understand that the loved one’s behaviour does not necessarily indicate his/her true feelings. That is; he/she may want to go out with friends and family but he/she is too afraid of bringing up upsetting thoughts and memories. It is important...