Saturday, January 15, 2011

ADHD.What is it?

Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder. What exactly is it? Does all kids who simply cannot sit still and refuse to do chores, is labelled as suffering from ADHD ?

Well,not necessarily. Because, kids will always be kids. Asking them to act according to our expectations will always means challenge. However, if this inattentive behaviour or limited attention span continues to longer period, the kid might be having ADHD.



According to Kidshealth.org , ADD or ADHD are common behavioural disorder that usually affects school-children. Compare to girls, boys have three times the tendency to be diagnosed with ADHD.

ADHD makes it difficult for people to inhibit their spontaneous responses- in which that involves everything from movement to speech and attentiveness.


Let me ask you this, does all ADHD kids are hyperactive? Well,before this I will probably answer YES to that question. But the fact is, (you probably know this) its a NO.

The helpguide.org have this one list of myths regarding ADD or ADHD.

Myth #1: All kids with ADD/ADHD are hyperactive.
Some children with ADD/ADHD are hyperactive, but many others with attention problems are not. Children with ADD/ADHD who are inattentive, but not overly active, may appear to be spacey and unmotivated. 
| The one that constantly stares off into space also have the possibility of having ADHD. | 

Myth #2: Kids with ADD/ADHD can never pay attention.
Children with ADD/ADHD are often able to concentrate on activities they enjoy. But no matter how hard they try, they have trouble maintaining focus when the task at hand is boring or repetitive.
Myth #3: Kids with ADD/ADHD choose to be difficult and could behave better if they wanted to.
Children with ADD/ADHD may do their best to be good, but still be unable to sit still, stay quiet, or pay attention. They may appear disobedient, but that doesn’t mean they’re acting out on purpose.


Myth #4: Kids will eventually grow out of ADD/ADHD.
ADD/ADHD often continues into adulthood, so don’t wait for your child to outgrow the problem. Treatment can help your child learn to manage and minimize the symptoms.
Myth #5: Medication is the best treatment option for ADD/ADHD.
Medication is often prescribed for Attention Deficit Disorder, but it might not be the best option for your child. Effective treatment for ADD/ADHD also includes education, behavior therapy, support at home and school, exercise, and proper nutrition.



Despite the challenge in dealing with kids with ADHD, there is the beauty side of it. 
WITH KIDS, there is always, BEAUTY in it. =) 

I think I'll continue this one on the next post. Wait for it! =)



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Sunday, January 9, 2011

Are You Gonna Finish Strong?

Being a teacher,motivation is the core of everything that we do.
You motivate students around you. You hold them up,when they're down.
You tell them it's okay when there is no one around them that they can turn to.

But the question is,
How about when you fall?
How about when,something that happened to you is more than just a skinned-knees?
What happened when you gave up?
WHAT WOULD YOU DO?


Watch this video and tell me,how you feel. For me,there's no problem in this whole world that can't be fixed when you have faith. And there's no problem that we might faced,that is comparable to what this amazing man gone through throughout his life.




Saturday, January 8, 2011

I'm not Stupid,I just Can't Read and Write.



Dyslexia. First time I heard of the word dyslexia was in the movie "In Her Shoes". Cameron Diaz is dyslexic. Well,in that movie,she is.

So,what is dyslexia,exactly?A disease?

Wikipedia says that dyslexia is "a learning disorder that manifests itself as a difficulty with reading,spelling and in some cases,mathematics.."


Dyslexia is an inherited condition. It is highly that a dyslexic kid acquires it from his or her family.
You guys can read all the mumbo-jumbo here.

In becoming a teacher,InsyaAllah, I wonder what would I do, if I should encounter students with this condition. It must be a handful. Considering that a kid suffering from dyslexia will have to face a LOT of pressure and nasty name-callings(its a torture,you now?) from his or her friends from not being able to read,or write.

So,I've found a few tips in dealing with dyslexic students,here it is:

1. When your students face consistent failure or under-achievements, DO NOT generalise them as lack of effort or carelessness.  Your student might face something a tiny bit more serious.

2. ALWAYS provide a conducive learning environment for ALL students. See, kids with dyslexia often have the inability to follow instructions that might seemed simple to normal students.

3. BE SUPER ALERT! Students with dyslexia need extra attention,and it is the best for the teacher to do a little bit of reading on dyslexia so that misunderstanding can be avoided.

4. BE POSITIVE and ENCOURAGING. So that they will feel valued and success.

Well, actually all of the above are what teachers in every part of the world do. But dealing with dyslexic kids need us to be more in every aspect.So,future educators,heads up!

If you guys have any topics you wanted me to babble about,click the comment button below eh?

Other links on dyslexia:
http://www.healthscout.com/ency/68/267/main.html
http://learningdisabilities.about.com/od/learningdisabilitybasics/a/Dslxiapart1.htm
http://www.dyslexia-teacher.com/
http://www.dyslexia-teacher.com/

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