All children have a high level of energy that most adults envy, however, if that high energy interferes with learning or social functioning, there may be a problem. Children who struggle with hyperactivity often struggle academically and socially. Hyperactivity will make it challenging to sit still in school, listen to directions or complete a task. Socially, hyperactive children will have more difficulty maintaining friendships because they may act impulsively or say something that will create a negative social dynamic.
When a parent gets feedback from a teacher or has difficulty physically managing their child it is time to assess for hyperactivity (see ADHD).
Children with hyperactivity may show these behaviors:
- Is often squirming in seat or moving hands and feet.
- Has difficulty staying seated when sitting is expected.
- Run and climbs excessively. (teen or adults may feel restless)
- Has difficulty enjoying quiet leisure activities.
- Is often “on the go”.
- Talks excessively.
It is essential, once you recognize symptoms of hyperactivity to understand the nature of the problem.
Understand the Possible Causes
Support Services: What do you do?
As there is much variation among individuals with attention difficulties, assessment is an essential part of treatment and educational planning. Assessment is necessary to qualify for academic support.
Typically, children who struggle with hyperactivity respond best to behavioral interventions. Treatment may take a family systems approach and work on a behavioral management program. These interventions may also be applied at school in collaboration with teachers.