Posted by: AD | 2009/02/16


Wat is ADD?

Middag almal.

Ek het ' n seun wat binnekort 7 word. Hy is ' n dierbare, maar skaam kind. By die huis is hy baie spraaksaam en " relaxed" , ' n doodgewone gelukkige kind. Die probleem is, sodra hy by die skool kom hy " toeslaan" , hy kommunikeer nie regtig met die ander kinders nie en self die juffrou sukkel om met hom ' n gesprek te voer. Hulle kla dan by my en se dat die kind nie praat of speel saam met die ander maats nie, maar by die huis hou hy nie op met praat nie en hy en sy boetie van 6 speel ' n hond uit ' n bos. Hy is beslis nie hiperaktief nie, maar nou wil die juffrou voorstel dat hy aandag afleibaar mag wees. Kan sy dalk reg wees? Pappa het ADHD. Ek wonder of is dit nie dalk net ' n persoonlikheids ding nie. Juffrou kla ook dat hy baie stadig werk, hy is ' n perfeksionis en ek weet uit ondervinding met hom dat hy 100% seker wil maak voordat hy iets aanpak en in ' n groot klas opset werk dit ongelukkig nou nie so nie.

Raad asb


Expert's Reply


ADHD Expert

Dear AD,<br>
ADD stands for Attention Defecit Disorder. Very simply it is a difficulty with focusing ones attention on a task at hand. Children and adults with ADD find it difficult to follow a conversation, or read a book for a long period of time; children are often blamed for daydreaming in class when in fact they are unable to block out everything that is going on around them and listen to their teacher. ADHD stands for Attention Defecit and Hyperactivity Disorder; the difficulty with concentration is there but these people are 'over active' and fidgety - sitting still is not possible. For a diagnosis of ADD/ADHD to be given, the symptoms or behaviours must be present in 2 or more different environments for a minimum period of 6 months. If school is the only environment in which your son behaves differently, it may be worth looking at things a little deeper. Do you know if he is bullied, or being a bully at school? Were these behaviours present with his previous teacher? It would also be beneficial to look at his behaviour in situations other than at home, such as at church or a play group etc. It is important to remember that only an Educational or Clinical Psychologist can make a diagnosis of ADD/ADHD.<br>Sterkte.<br>Delia

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