• Madhurima Majumder

The Hyperactive Child

If your child is hyper, it could be because he's just a kid. It's normal for children especially pre schoolers to have lots of energy.

Your child is a bundle of energy for a number of reasons, and there's a lot you can do to help calm things down.

Parents usually ask-

Is It Just Normal for His Age?

Preschoolers, for instance, can be very active -- they often move quickly from one activity to another.

Older kids and teens are also energetic and don't have the same attention span as adults.

If your child's hyper behavior regularly causes a problem in the classroom, with homework, or with friendships and relationships, check with his pediatrician.

Does your child's hyperactivity cause problems at home and at school? The given strategies can be followed to help control hyperactive motor activity and reduce anxiety for the child, his teachers, and his parents.

· Don't Withhold Recess From Hyperactive Children

While it may be tempting to withhold recess or physical play time as punishment for hyperactive behaviors, it is generally not a good idea for teachers to do that. In fact, withholding physical play can make classroom hyperactivity worse. If you need to discipline a hyperactive child, find an alternative method. You might assign the child to trash duty after school, for example.

Students with hyperactivity need physical activity to run off excess energy. Being active in appropriate situations, such as recess or study breaks at home, makes the child controllable at the right time.

Pair the Child Up With a Buddy

Consider pairing the student with a buddy to run classroom chaos, pass out papers, wipe the blackboard or other physical chores. At home give the child break for physical activities which can be both outside and inside such as a game of catch, running, other highly active sports or clearing up the mess in their room. This type of physical activity can provide a break from seat work, may reduce their anxiety and typically increases tolerance level/

Allow the Child to Stand in Class

Consider using a standing workstation or work area with a beanbag chair at the side or back of the room that allows the student to stand to do work. If this helps, allow the student to choose to stand to work or move to the beanbag when he feels the need. Beanbag chairs can sometimes help students with sensory integration problems, which some hyperactive children have.

Encourage Attention to Detail

Encourage the child to do any work slowly initially till the time he/she understands it completely. If the student rushes through her work, prompt her to check it carefully before turning it in. This will teach her to pay attention to details to avoid making silly mistakes that can hurt her academically.

Give Second Chances

When grading the student's work, mark errors and allow him to recoup partial credit for corrections he makes. This, too, will teach him to pay attention to detail.

Wrapping Up

Remember the quiet kids too! Some children are distracted by other students' fidgeting behavior. Allow these students to work away from the fidgeting student or work in a pleasant study carrel.

THE CHILD IS Not Getting Enough Exercise

Kids can get restless if they don't get enough physical activity to burn off their energy. You can help your child get the exercise he needs, though. For instance, take your family for a nature walk or hike. Or go cycling with your child.

If you have space, make a sand pit maybe small. It is very helpful for the child. They love to play in the sand, they role play different characters. They basically love the feel of the sand. They love to mess with it.

We love the mess

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