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Attention Defict Hyperactive Disorder (ADHD)

Attention Deficit Hyperactive Disorder and Conduct Disorder are behavior disorders that affect children's lives both socially and cognitively since they have difficulty understanding social rules. Imagine growing up unable to control behavioral impulses and not understanding why others react as they do to your actions! Children with these disorders are often incarcerated if they do not receive early intervention services when they are in elementary school.

1. What are some social problems that children with behavior disorders might have as a result of their inability to control their behaviors?

2. According to your reading, what are some strategies that might be used to help these children to learn to control their impulsive behaviors?

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1. What are some social problems that children with behavior disorders might have as a result of their inability to control their behaviors?

Emotional competence plays a key role in the early behavioral development of children (Kidwell, Young, Hinkle, Ratliff, Marcum, & Martin, 2010). Research shows that Attention Deficit Hyperactivity (ADHD) is accompanied by impaired emotional and social functioning. ADHD is a "neurobehavioral syndrome characterized by inattention, hyperactivity and impulsivity" (Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM-IV-TR [APA], 2000, p). For instance, a child who is hyperactive may interrupt or intrude on peers, violate rules or monopolize the conversation. According to Kidwell wt al., some ADHD children may develop an attachment to parents that prevent them from expressing themselves appropriately. In addition, children with ADHD exhibit behaviors and symptoms such as Oppositional Defiant Disorder (ODD), and Conduct Disorder (CD).

Research is presented to suggest that children with ADHD have experience social difficulties related to the disorder. For example, they are rejected and less accepted by their peers compared to children without ADHD. According to Kaiser, McBurnett, & Pfiffner (2011), the social rejection appears to occur even among peers. According to Kaiser et al, a large number of children and young adults ...

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This solution describes some behavioral characteristics associated with ADHD.

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