“Hugs can do great amounts of good, especially for children.”
– Princess Diana, Princess of Wales
There are many developmental disorders, many of which overlap in their description and in the children’s profile. Sometimes, it is not possible to fit the children nicely into a single diagnosis. Developmental diagnoses, as the name suggests, are developmental in nature. Therefore, sometimes only time can show up the real deficits.
“Help! My Child is really difficult. I cannot control him… The teachers say he is impossible… What can I do?”
In any child with challenging behaviours, the following issues need to be considered:
We are all different in our learning abilities. Some are fast learners; others are slow learners. Some may have normal or high intelligence; others may have below-average intelligence. Memory, cognition, processing, attention and normal sensory systems are all needed for good learning.
Most children before the age of 5 are and should be expected to be somewhat active, with a tendency more often than not to move around. This is how they are constructed, with a curious mind, keen to explore. This is how they learn, often through accidental learning as they stumble upon things as they rush their way around. Experiential learning is the key way through which they absorb facts through their various senses of touch, taste, sight, hearing and movement. If they stay still, stuck only on one thing, the world passes by and opportunities escape them.