Their minds were not built to sit and be taught. They were built to explore, play and learn.

Is your child hyperactive?

We often expect our children to sit in one place and do things. And often complain that they are all the time doing this, that or the other. When they are toddlers, we give them constant attention and laugh about most of the things they do, even boast about it to others as a credit to the little one.

As they grow up, the scene starts changing and those very things which fetched laughter and praises before, now starts attracting frowns and even an angry tone of voice. The child begins to wonder at this inconsistent behavior of adults. Gradually, forfeits and punishments make their appearance and the child is asked to behave responsibly….a new word and concept to the child indeed! Quite possibly, this makes the child feel ignored and unappreciated as opposed to earlier acceptance from elders.

 In another context, the quality attention most children get from their parents who work 24x7 for the child’s future is often negligible. Even when the parents are with them, they may be still preoccupied with electronic gadgets or mentally far away. Again, the child feels ignored and of little importance. 

How does a child behave in such helpless situations?

Cry for attention. We often call him or her a hyperactive child. They are children who are starved for attention. They are so starved that even negative attention would suffice. And the more negative attention they get, the more they do things to irritate or annoy the parents. Their unconscious urge is to get their parents to focus on them, look upon them as individuals. This saga goes on till they become the rebellious teenager who shuts themselves off from their family.

The signs of hyperactivity are hard to miss. Talking almost constantly, interrupting others, inability to keep still, clumsiness, fidgeting with objects etc are some of the behaviors commonly associated with hyperactivity. And they often prompt negative reactions from other people. Until you know the reason behind these behaviors, you may find yourself getting annoyed thinking that your child is just throwing tantrums. But if the child has ADHD (Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder), his over activity may be caused by differences in how the brain works and needs medical attention.

ADHD is a severe condition but a child who is playful while studying or needs a strong hand to complete his homework is a long way from being afflicted with this condition. Parent narrate tales of their children being unable to sit still for even five minutes, of enrolling them for umpteen number of activities but sticking to none, of temper tantrums to get their way and even lack of obedience.

One of our focus areas for Mash Up 2017 is to facilitate activities and exercises which will increase the attention span and concentration of the participants. Yoga, brain gym and Zumba workouts on a regular basis will help them to focus inward and totally concentrate on their body and mind. Puzzles and teamwork games will encourage creativity and connecting of the dots. Vocabulary games and focus on reading will enhance their communication and confidence.

Let’s join hands to nurture and strengthen our next generation!

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