SYMPTOMS OF ADHD
Children go through phases where they seem agitated, unsettled or inattentive. This is understandably normal and does not mean they definitely have ADHD.
MOST FREQUENT ADHD SYMPTOMS
Trouble getting organized.
Restlessness or trouble relaxing.
Poor listening skills.
Attention deficit is evident in activities that require long-term attention and high concentration levels. This deficit may cause occupational problems.
Frequent mood swings.
Difficulty prioritizing issues.
Reckless driving resulting in traffic accidents.
Lack of control.
Impulsivity symptoms tend to cause social problems at work, with family, and friends.
EARLY SYMPTOMS OF ADHD CHILDREN AND TEENAGERS
During early school years, children are expected to meet higher demands that represent significant changes, such as established schedules, to remain seated, assign time to do their homework, but most of all, demands that require self-control and continuous attention.
These may be usual demands for most children, but for children with ADHD, they are not that easy to overcome. That’s why most of the diagnosis are made when the child is admitted to the school.
It’s sometimes easy for parents and even teachers to confuse ADHD for other issues. Children who are sit silently and act correctly in school may actually not be paying attention. Children who show hyperactivity might just have disciplinary trouble.
LATER SYMPTOMS OF ADHD ADULTS
ADHD has been considered a childhood condition; however, more than 50% of children and teenagers with ADHD keep the diagnose until adulthood.
It may be difficult to diagnose because most symptoms disappear or lose strength (especially hyperactive symptoms). Attention difficulties are more evident while trying to complete work tasks and responsibilities.
Diagnosis can also be difficult because adults may present other psychiatric pathologies (comorbidity) that could interfere in the ADHD diagnosis. Pathologies may be related to substance abuse, anxiety or mood disorders, etc.
Does ADHD have a solution?
Although this is the question that most parents ask us, the first thing we have to clarify is that ADHD is a disorder, and not a disease as such, and therefore it is not something that has to be “solved” properly talking.
Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder can have many degrees and present in multiple ways, depending on whether one symptom or another predominates. It is not a disease that has to be “cured” or “fixed”.
The objective should not be to “solve” ADHD, but rather to learn to live with the limitations that ADHD may imply, in the school, family, social, or professional context.
Learning to live with ADHD sometimes entails pharmacological treatment in the most severe cases. However, a multimodal treatment approach is necessary, which should also emphasize the psychological and pedagogical aspects. Within this context, it is in this last aspect that we propose our Cognitive Training Plans based on chess as a complementary treatment for ADHD. These plans bring together a set of exercises specifically designed to improve the cognitive abilities that require more work in people diagnosed with ADHD: attention, concentration, memory, spatial vision, calculation, planning, time management. On many occasions, physical and motor skills work is also advisable, especially helped by specialized physiotherapy in ADHD and psychomotor skills.
Training Plans for ADHD
We have at your disposal different chess exercises specifically designed for the complementary treatment of ADHD.
These exercises are grouped into three different Cognitive Training Plans
- Chess fosters independence, reinforces personal responsibility and teaches the acceptance of consequences … no “luck” in chess … no “hidden moves” … no teammates helping you play.
- Chess progress requires learning from one’s mistakes … develops selfmotivation … encourages study and improvement.
- The individual loss of a game is … an opportunity for learning and future growth.