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ADHD & Dyslexia Myths or Facts

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Children with ADHD just need more discipline -- TRUE or FALSE?

False. Oftentimes, rule-breaking is caused by forgetfulness, lack of appreciation or impulsively neglecting rules during emotionally-charged situations. Discipline is not the whole solution for a child with focus issues such as those with Attention-Deficit / Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD). Consistent, adequate support and intervention are needed, alongside effective discipline. Work on the 'internal' of a child as well as the 'external'. Internal factors could be brain-based, mindset, cognitive skills, attitude and behavior while external factors include home and learning environment, study area, type of teachers and teaching methodology. Read on for a series of myths and corresponding facts as BrainRx Philippines enjoins efforts towards a more inclusive world by educating ourselves and broadening our understanding this October--ADHD and Dyslexia awareness month.


TRUE OR FALSE?: Children eventually grow out of ADHD

FALSE. Older studies primarily identified ADHD based on excess motor movement (hyperactivity) - which tends to decline in adulthood. Now that symptoms of attention and inhibition are given equal importance, they found that significant impairment in that area persists in 50-86% of cases diagnosed in childhood.


TRUE OR FALSE?: ADHD is caused by bad parenting

FALSE. Research cites the causes of ADHD to be the genes we inherit from our parents AND adverse environments to which we are exposed. Therefore, the disorder comes from an accumulation and interaction of several risk factors -- not solely due to "bad" parenting.


TRUE OR FALSE?: Reading and writing letters backwards is the main sign of dyslexia

FALSE. Letter reversals do not occur in all dyslexia cases. Actually, it is common for kids up to 7 years old to reverse b, d, p and q while acquainting themselves with reading and writing. If this persists, an evaluation could be considered - whether it is due to dyslexia or not, there's no downside to helping kids write letters correctly early on.


TRUE OR FALSE?: Kids with dyslexia just need to try harder to read

It is not just about effort, but the type of instruction. Symptoms of dyslexia are linked to differences in brain function and so, interventions and programs are designed to target and develop these skills. Research shows that kids who receive good instruction and regular practice make lasting gains in reading.


TRUE OR FALSE?: Dyslexia goes away once kids learn to read

Effective interventions can definitely help people with dyslexia learn to read, but it is still a common conception that dyslexia is an incurable, lifelong learning condition that affects not just reading, but also fluency, comprehension, spelling, writing, and learning new languages. Symptoms of dyslexia CAN be reduced, sometimes significantly, with the right intervention.


These myths and facts are part of a much larger picture, but it's a great place to start the journey of educating ourselves on this relevant matter.


"Do you know the root cause?"

Whether or not there is a label to the learning concerns you're seeing, do you know their root cause? In many cases, weak cognitive skills are the culprit. If you or your family member are dealing with ADHD, Dyslexia (or both) or just observing learning struggles in school and at home, come take our cognitive skills testing. Give us a call to learn more. 0917 710 3479.


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