Be more patient towards hyperactive children
I don’t know when this incident happened. An Indian father recently caused the death of histhree-year-old daughter who was believed to possess hyperactive deficiency disorder. The father assumed she was naughty and hence opted to beat her with stick and abused her with cigarette butts. Obviously, hyperactive children are still a big question for parents, teachers and scientists to understand and resolve. The causes of their behavior are still under much research.
Hyperactive children have incomplete brain development, resulting in them unable to control their movements and actions. I am not sure whether this kind of disorder should be classified as a kind of disease or behavioral disorder, since a large number of parents of such children have shown similar hyperactive movements during younger days.
Hyperactive children usually do not obey rules, seem to be naughty and unruly in school as well as at home. Teachers must observe children who display this kind of behavior to enable the children to be diagnosed and given treatment as quickly as possible. Parents on the other hand should also resist altogether in beating their children, with hands or canes. Spare the rod does not mean the child would be spoiled.
You must be wondering what are the symptoms of a hyperactive child. Let’s look at them:
- irregular movements
- mild fidget
- unable to sit at one place for a long time
- violently jumping and climbing all over the place
- talking incessantly
- interrupt impatiently
- mild lack of concentration
- If the above symptoms are noticeable very frequently for 6 months and above, do consult a psychologist or paediatrician immediately.
How does a Montessori environment assist a hyperactive child? By giving him or her the freedom to work about by choosing an activity from the shelves. The child is also able to move freely, expressing himself or herself according to the daily routine. The rules in the classroom also allow a hyperactive child to act accordingly and sensibly, assisting him or her to be a self-disciplined child.