Developmental Disorders ap disc

Developmental Disorders ap disc

DevelopmentalDisorders: ap disc

Howdoes rambunctious behavior in a child differ from behavior seen in achild with ADHD of the combined type?

Sometimes,children can be rambunctious. A child might spend his or herafternoons running and bouncing all over. This does not mean thatchild has ADHD. However, if the child’ hyperactivity seems out ofcontrol, seems to be outside the normal behavior, seems to affect notonly his or her life negatively, but also that of the family members,the child could be suffering from Attention Deficit Disorder (ADHD).Psychiatrists define three types of Behaviors that shows a child hasADHD. One, Predominantly Inattentive type in which a child becomeforgetful, daydreams, does not follow instructions, does not payattention, and is always disorganized. Second, PredominantlyHyperactive-Impulsive type where a child engages in constantactivities and physical motions, barge in other peoplesconversations, impatient, and seem agitated all the time (Monastra,2014). The third type is the combined type where a child exhibitsbehaviors of both of the types mentioned above. Therefore, whatdifferentiates rambunctious behavior from ADHD combined type is theduration and severity of the mentioned types of ADHD behaviors.

Areany symptoms of ADHD, oppositional defiant disorder, or conductdisorder perhaps &quotnormal&quot for kids?

Itis very common for children to have problems with their behaviors atsome point as they grow that might resemble the symptoms of thesethree disorders. Nevertheless, the behaviors are rated as part ofthese three disorders if they violate others, are long lasting, aredone frequently, violates the accepted norms, and interrupts thechild’s and his or her family’s daily activities.

Whatabout discipline? Would you punish a misbehaving child who has adevelopmental disorder such as Asperger’s or Autism the same as youwould as a &quotnormal&quot functioning child with misbehavior?

No.A normal functioning child should be disciplined using thetraditional method because he or she is capable of understanding therepercussions of their misbehaviors. For the child with Autism orAsperger’s Syndrome, the punishment should be different because heor she cannot understand his or her behavior consequences. Accordingto Bernstein and Burch (2014), negative punishment tends to worsenthe behavior and might cause not only to the child, but also to theparent. When disciplining a child with a developmental disorder,safety is the key priority (Monastra, 2014). Also, concentrating onwhat makes the child comfortable is important. Giving a reward when agood behavior is achieved can also encourage a desired behavior.

Dr.Grandin talks about the kind of discipline she received as a child inher talks. What do you think?

Ithink it is very important to teach autistic children the desiredbehavior as Grandin (2013) states that this helps to avoid badbehaviors that could hurt them. “Autistic children should be taughtsocial skills and good manners” (Grandin, 2013). Moreover,consistency when disciplining should be crucial. Parents and eachand every individual involved with the child should use the samediscipline methods to get the desired behavior. Monastra (2014)suggests that use of timetables, routines, and alarm clocksfacilitate good behavior.


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Monastra,V. (2014). Parentingchildren with ADHD: 10 lessons that medicine cannot teach. Washington, DC: American Psychological Association.