There are 70 million children under the age of 18 in US. The most conservative estimates suggest that at least 3 to 5 percent have Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD). These disorders are characterized by behavior that is disruptive and disturbing to others in the child’s environment.
In comparison with children of similar age, children with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder have difficulty maintaining attention and remaining on task, especially if the task is somewhat routine or monotonous. Children with ADHD are also quite impulsive, often acting before they think about the likely consequences of their actions.
In addition, many ADHD children are much more fidgety, restless, and call for quiet or subdued behaviour. Children with ADHD often have other problems, including learning difficulties and poor school performance.
Recently has been a tremendous upsurge of interest in the problems of children with ADHD. This interest is reflected not only in the increased number of books and articles in the scientific literature but also in the explosion of material directed at parents and teachers. The problem of children with ADHD have also attracted the attention of media. It has also been featured in popular magazines, newspaper columns and world wide web.
Although this publicity has led to increased public awareness about ADHD, it has also led to a proliferation of myths and misinformation about the disorder and the method used to treat it. There are proven treatments for children with ADHD and learning disabilities let’s be very clear, when we use the term “proven” i refer only to those treatments which have met rigorous scientific tests of their effectiveness.
Sometimes televisions reporters and websites have graviatated toward new and unusual treatment programs which offer the promise of a miracle cure. A few of those alternative treatments may ultimately stand up to close scientific scrutiny. Some, how ever, represent little more than wishful thinking, while others are actually the work of charlatans and quacks whose principal interest is in lining their own pockets.