ADHD is a neuro-developmental disorder and its characteristics are:
- Hyperactivity (not present in ADD)
- Boys are more commonly affected by it. The estimate of prevalence in the United States is 5-10% of school aged children. The causes of ADHD are yet to be discovered but there are several theories that talk about biomedical, sensory-motor, genetic predisposition and chemical imbalance in the brain.
We can help in four different ways:
- Diagnosis and Behavior Therapy
- Remedial Teaching
- Social Skills Training
- Sensory Integrative Therapy
Diagnosis & Behavior Therapy
Our Educational Psychologists can assess your child to diagnose his condition. Furthermore, they can equip you with practical strategies to manage your child at home and at school.Remedial Teaching
Remedial teaching is defined as Specialized instruction for students deviating from the expected norm.
At Dynamics Therapy Centre for Kids, we provide remedial teaching services by a special-ed teacher. It may help you child if he appears to be falling behind in his school performance.Social Skills Training
We conduct social skills training, both one-on-one and in a group setting. Our social skill classes are conducted by a special education teacher and allow children to develop age-appropriate skills of interacting with their peers.Sensory Integration Therapy
Inattention is caused by the childrens inability to block stimulation that is not relevant to the task at hand. They attend to everything; all stimuli impinge on their senses with equal potency. This causes them to be distracted by the stimulation arriving from their environment (sounds, sights, thoughts etc), and prevent them from paying attention to the task at hand. This is similar to what occupational therapist will call a Sensory Modulation Dysfunction (SMD), where the child has difficulties to organize the degree, intensity, and nature of response to sensory input in a graded and adaptive manner. Sensory Modulation Dysfunction can cause emotional problems as well as attentional problems such as distractibility, impulsivity, disorganization and hyperactivity. mechanism.
Sensory Integrative Therapy provides a potential intervention for ADD/ADHD children without medication.
To modulate is to regulate or adjust to a certain level: To tone down, to adapt to the circumstances On the behavioral level, modulation refers to responses that match the demands and expectations of the environment. Inadequate modulation may result in problems in the following:
- Modulation of sensory input
- Filtering of sensation
- Attending only to relevant stimuli
- Maintaining optimal level of arousal
- Maintaining attention to task
Sensory modulation may be manifested in:
- Increased activity level
- Poor regulation
- Some children will develop inattention which is secondary to a learning disability. These children may become frustrated from academic tasks and they become inattentive as task avoidance
Dyslexia is a type of specific learning difficulty. A child with dyslexia may find reading, spelling and writing difficult, even though he may appear to be very able in other areas. These difficulties are caused by brain differences. This means that your childs difficulties have nothing to do with the way the child is taught, or parenting style, as this is biological.
The difference in the brain makes it more difficult for the child to process information for sounds in language. Therefore, it may take your child a longer time to recognize sounds, and to understand instructions said to him.
Dyslexics have poor phonological awareness, meaning they may find rhymes difficult. They also find it difficult to learn the sounds of the alphabet, and to use this knowledge to help them read or write. Many dyslexics have poor working memory, and so they find that verbal information such as spoken words are quickly forgotten.
Sometimes, dyslexia is accompanied with poor attention and speech and language development. Saying that, no two dyslexic children are the same. Some may find reading very difficult, some may find it easier, but they read slower. Some have problems with just writing.
Some languages are more difficult for dyslexics than others, and English words are considered to be more challenging for dyslexics, because the spelling is more irregular than for example, Spanish.
While dyslexia will make school more difficult for the child, there is a lot that we can do to help. At the end of the day, we must always remember that every child can learn. Research shows that most dyslexics will learn to read and write.
Some dyslexics can become highly successful. The way the dyslexic brain thinks may be different, and in some cases, this is an advantage. By providing your child with the education they need, the child is more likely to reach their potential.
With appropriate help from specialist teachers and using strategies, the effects of dyslexia can be largely overcome. Research also shows that the differences in the brain can also be overcome with teaching.
At Dynamics Therapy Centre for Kids, we provide dyslexia remediation services as well as speech therapy suitable for children with dyslexia.
Educational Therapy is defined as Specialized instruction for students deviating from the expected norm. At Dynamics Therapy Centre for Kids, we provide remedial teaching services by a special-ed teacher. Such services supplement our speech and occupational therapy services and are equally helpful for special needs children as well as any child which appears to be falling behind in his school performance.