A day in a life of a kidWael Alrowaihi
Having been asked to write, one idea came to my mind: Impulsive kids!
While stepping into the world of children as an educator, I’ve encountered several real challenges for which I’ve found the adequate treatment except a behavior that I struggled to control, which concerns the children who can’t be controlled.
In every classroom there’s always that boy that can’t sit still or has difficulties following the rules and constantly keeps losing concentration, which are all enough reasons to make an educator feels frustrated and soon think of the easiest solution that is: Send him to the social worker in the school.
What’s needed to be known indeed is that this kid can’t even control himself due to the fact that he’s suffering from ADHD.
* ADHD (Attention deficit/hyperactivity disorder) is a chronic condition that affects millions of children with symptoms that can mild, moderate or severe and often continues into adulthood. Children with ADHD may struggle with low self-esteem, troubled relationships and poor performance in school. It occurs more often in males than in females.*
This disorder can be treated with medications and behavioral interventions. This is when it comes to medical diagnosis but when it comes to us the educators who should daily deal with a kid suffers from ADHD, what are the strategies that we
will apply to soothe this issue. From a point of view based on daily observations,
in-class methods must be applied to this kid involving addressing him directly after
separating him to convey the message you want from the lesson, finding the things
that help him calm down and focus like encouraging him with stickers, sweets and
other rewarding things. The other strategy is family engagement all long the period
of studying in the school. The child’s parents need to be informed of their kid’s
condition to adapt with it and develop ways of dealing with him at home and
provide him with comforting conditions to help him stable.
Lastly, ADHD is a disorder that we have to believe exists, I’m saying that because
we always think of how to make a troubled kid with ADHD become like others the
thing that adds more fuel to the fire, since this kid struggles with himself and the
final result that we will get if we do so is more frustration and more rebellious
behaviors in the classroom.
Written by: Rabea’a Afef Al-Barakani
English Teacher and Children Educator