Recommendations for families of children with attention deficiency

By Ahmet Abdulaziz ….

The families of children with attention deficiencies, frequently find difficulty dealing with them in routine everyday lives. However, we must realise that they are not sick children, they are just slightly different from us. So there is need to amend our routines and behaviour, in order to absorb them into daily routines.

Associate Professor Dr. Çağla Gür of Cyprus International University recently dealt with this topic. According to her, with some changes to be made, we can contribute to the success of these children at school.

According to the press information released by the University Dr. Gür pointed out that ADHD indicates attention, concentration, impulse control, and mobility problems. She said that this condition starts to show symptoms in the pre-school period but mostly the diagnosis is made in the first years of primary school. Assoc. Prof. Dr. Gür said that parents, who think that their child is in such a situation, should not try to find a solution by themselves, they should meet with experts in the field.

Gür stated that it would be sensible to communicate with the class teacher and the guidance service of the school.  “The discussion of the diagnosis of the child should focus on the characteristics and the things that the child can do,” she said.

Assoc. Prof. Dr. Gür pointed out that perpetual criticism or comparison may cause the child to be depressed. She referred to the importance of not being recognised as a target among his friends. Gür said that parents blame others on this issue in some cases or develop an overly defensive attitude.  “It should not be forgotten that as the acceptance is delayed and some things are ignored, the problems will grow,” she said

Gür said that it is very difficult for the child with ADHD to sit still as long as his friends. Also, it would be beneficial to get the child to move purposefully by removing the child from his/her place with an excuse. Assoc. Prof. Dr. Gür stated that children should be directed to sports activities that they like. She said, “Sport helps to develop attention and contributes to social communication by offering a group associated to the child.”