Monday, 23 May 2016

School Help For Children With Adhd And Learning Difficulties

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ADHD is not a learning disability, but it can cause difficulties that might affect learning and school performance. Roughly 50 percent of children and adolescents with ADHD have comorbid learning disabilities. Even without an identified learning disability, children with ADHD encounter several challenges in school due to inattentiveness and hyperactivity.

Some of the difficulties students with ADHD encounter in school include inattention, poor concentration, and impulsivity. Students with ADHD may also have language deficits, poor organizational skills, and poor memory. These difficulties present numerous challenges not only to the child but his or her parents and teachers as well. Again, the solution lies in early assessment and intervention. Failure to diagnose the condition early on may result in gaps in basic skills, especially in math and language arts. Early assessment allows both parents and teachers to understand the needs of the child better.

Through the Individualized with Disabilities Education Act or IDEA, schools are required to offer special education services to eligible students with disabilities. Once a child has been formally diagnosed with a disability, the school works with the child’s parents in developing an Individualized Education Program (IEP). An IEP is a legal document stating the educational goals, services, and support that the school that will provide for the child. Along with the IEP, the school can also provide appropriate classroom accommodations for students with ADHD.

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Teachers can only devise the IEP after a thorough evaluation of the child’s condition thus the critical need for early diagnosis and assessment. If you notice symptoms of ADHD in your child, it is best to seek the help of qualified professionals immediately.

Dr. Jonathan Lauter is a psychiatrist specializing in neurobehavioral disorders such as ADHD. Subscribe to this blog for more posts about mental health.

Thursday, 12 May 2016

A Roller-coaster Ride of Emotions: Helping a Loved One with Bipolar Disorder

Bipolar disorder, also known as manic-depressive illness, is a mental health condition that causes a person to have unusual mood changes that can affect his everyday activities. Mood shifts cannot be controlled by individuals who suffer from bipolar disorder. Aside from proper treatment and medications, genuine love and support from family and friends can help a person with the illness. Here are some ways on how loved ones can help:

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Learn about the disorder: Educate yourself with books and online resources about the illness. Learn about the signs of mood episodes to set appropriate expectations each day. Acquiring more knowledge about it the disorder will make it easier to provide appropriate help.

Do not rush the recovery: Provide constant support but do not rush the recovery process. Be patient and be prepared to deal with setbacks during the person's road to recovery. Getting better is a long and challenging journey.

Presence and constant communication: Because of the balance and imbalance of chemicals in their brain, patients have a tendency to make rush decisions, do reckless activities, overspend, take illegal drugs, and a lot more. It is best for loved ones to be physically present to guide and help them in decision-making. Be a good influence. It is important to keep track of where they are and to stay connected so they can feel that there are constant people in their lives that will stay with them no matter what.

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Dr.Jonathan Lauter is an accomplished New York-based psychiatrist. He is also a member of American Psychiatric Association. For updates on child and adolescent psychiatry, follow this Twitter account.