Others can be quick to judge a child as simply “makulit” or “malikot.” But sometimes there’s always more to the story. The boy or the girl can have attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD).
To promote awareness on ADHD and help break barriers to inclusion, the ADHD Society of the Philippines has organized an ADHD Congress to be held on October 21, from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., at the Baliwag Star Arena in Bulacan.
The theme for the event is “Embracing ADHD” and insightful and informative talks will run the whole day. Dr. Francis Xavier Dimalanta, section chief of developmental and behavioral pediatrics at St. Luke's Medical Center, will provide clarity on the myths that surround ADHD. Marlene Alon, Ph.D., president of the Biñan Private Schools Administrators Association, will discuss strategies to manage kids with ADHD in the classroom. Don't miss Dr. Cornelio G. Banaag, known as the “Father of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry” in the Philippines, who will talk about “ADHD and Its Comorbidities in Children and Adults.”
Parents of children with ADHD are invited to join the ADHD Congress as well as parents who want to know more about the disorder. On-site registration and tickets are available on the day of the event for Php1,200. Find more event details at Adhdsocphils.org.
If you're unsure whether your child's hyperactivity is a cause for concern or not, developmental and behavioral pediatrician Dr. Ma. Theresa Arranz-Lim, explained it to Smart Parenting this way: “Developmental pediatricians like to say that what the typical 2 -year-old is like -- malikot, makulit, defiant, will not obey right away, or will delay obedience. That's what a child with ADHD is like at 6 years old.”
A child with ADHD will show hyperactivity, impulsiveness, and inattention. “The combination of the three in varying degrees is what would constitute ADHD,” added Dr. Lim.
And is ADHD simply an attitude problem? “ADHD is definitely not an attitude problem,” said Dr. Lim. “It’s not an attitude problem because your child knows what she has to do, but she may not be able to. It's a brain-based condition. Doctors found that in individuals with ADHD, certain chemicals in the brain are not secreted efficiently which causes the behavior problems.”