A medical doctor Dr. R.E Kumah has underscored the need for teachers to be given special training so they would be able to manage children with Attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD).
He said these conditions require special training so teachers who manage children with such conditions will not manhandle them.
He said children with these conditions must be given special attention so they would be able to identify their strengths and creative abilities to help shape their lives.
To him, our curriculum should not only be reading based but curriculum should be reviewed to include extra-curricular activities such as swimming, basketball, and others.
He believes when this is done, it would help children with creative skills to develop their talent and become champions of them.
ADHD is often first identified in school-aged children when it leads to disruption in the classroom or problems with schoolwork.
These conditions include dyslexia, a learning disorder that involves difficulty reading due to problems identifying speech sounds and learning how they relate to letters and words.
The other is Dyscalculia, a math learning disability that impairs an individual’s ability to learn number-related concepts, perform accurate math calculations, reason and problem solve, and perform other basic math skills.
Dyscalculia is sometimes called “number dyslexia” or “math dyslexia.”
On his part, Mr. Richard O. Poku, a Communication, and Development Practitioner most of these cases are irreversible.
He explained there are learning interventions for such students.
He said such students must also be given practical lessons to assist them in their learning.
Mr. Opoku noted that taking care of these children will require parents to modify their behaviour to help them manage their children.
Aggressive outbursts from children with ADHD he added are a common problem since such persons hence they should be a lot of practical lessons for them.
He said although these conditions could affect the learning ability of the child and Dyslexia is the prevalent one.
He stressed ADHD can affect a student’s ability to focus, pay attention, listen, or put effort into their schoolwork.
The two professionals made the remarks on Listen, an adolescent radio program on Rainbow Radio 87.5Fm with host Natalie Takyi-Appiah.