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decorative star graphic  The School Years
Biosocial Development
- Attention-Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder -

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Ψ  A child with special needs: A child for whom learning new skills and developing friendships are hampered by a psychological or physical disorder.

Ψ  ADHD- (Attention-Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder) a behavior problem characterized by excessive activity, an inability to concentrate, & impulsive, sometimes aggressive behavior.

  • ADHD can occur with or without hyperactivity.
  • ADHD children are prone to aggression, anxiety, & depression.
  • Antisocial behavior can follow from childhood aggression if the disorder is not treated.
  • Medication, psychological therapy, and changes in the family & school environments can all help children with ADHD .
  • Psychoactive drugs are NOT a cure; children need help overcoming their confused perception of the social world; this can be done through family & individual therapy plus changes in the home or school environment.

    Life-span developmental research finds that childhood problems rarely disappear; their lifelong legacy depends on the specifics of the home & school contexts.

Growth & Development
Robert C. Gates
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