Hyperactivity

Hyperactivity involves the child engaging in excessive motor activity.

Behaviour Help is a registered NDIS provider.

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Defining hyperactivity

Hyperactivity involves the child engaging in excessive motor activity.

Hyperactivity as a part of normal development

It is normal for children to be active and some children are more active than others. As children mature, they develop a range of skills and abilities supported by adult guidance which help them develop how to better control their body. 

When hyperactivity becomes of concern

Whilst most children over time learn how to calm their body when instructed to,  or are required to stop so that they can engage in an activity, children with hyperactivity struggle.

For example, during a floor time activity a child will roll around on the carpet, or roam around the room aimlessly touching everything in sight.  They may make sudden noises when everyone is expected to quietly listen to the book being read; or grab toys from the toy basket in a haphazard manner without playing with any of them properly; or climb on furniture. Whereas, during lunch time, an adolescent who is sitting with peers will fidget with something (e.g. cutlery, condiment shakers) or squirm and reposition constantly in their seat and experience excessive mind-wandering which affects their ability to partake in the conversations as they often interrupt others and take over the conversation.

Hyperactivity may present on its own or co-occur with conditions such as Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder, Sensory Processing Disorder, Hyperthyroidism, Anxiety Disorder and Fragile-X disorder.

Impact of hyperactivity

Having to constantly guide a child’s hyperactivity is stressful and wearing. Continually having to say ‘Could you please stop tapping?’, ‘What are you throwing? Should you be touching that?’, ‘For the fifth time could you please stop talking’ or ‘How many times do I need to tell you to stop running?’ tests everyone’s patience. It often results in people feeling frustrated, annoyed and stressed as the child does not appear to listen. The climate of the context (e.g. childcare, preschool, kindergarten, school, disability support and youth service) can change dramatically. A considerable amount of time and energy can be spent on the child showing the hyperactive behaviour, which can have a deleterious effect on the quality of the educational experience for all children. Research consistently shows that managing behaviour is linked to staff experiencing high levels of stress, burnout, and job dissatisfaction.

Hence, hyperactive behaviour affects everyone involved and the child who is hyperactive requires necessary help to learn positive ways of behaving and managing their emotions.

Positive support resources for hyperactivity

Positive  Support (PBS) focuses on evidence-based strategies and person-centred supports that address the needs of the individual and the underlying causes of s of concern, to enhance the quality of life for both the individual and those that support them.

PBS recognises that there is no single cause for behaviour . It is a complex that is a product of the interaction between multiple factors contributing to its development and persistence.

It is like the tip of the iceberg so it is essential to look beneath the surface to work out the why before we can address the problem. Behaviour Help resources are at hand.

 

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Download this free PDF guide

The forms contained in this pdf booklet are from the H for Hyperactivity: Positive Behaviour Support guide that can be used as part of the process of developing a PBS plan.

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Which resources are right for you?

Apps

Based on the Taking CHARGE of Rainbow of Emotions Workbook this app helps children of all ages develop emotional regulation skills. The app guides the child to firstly, identify and express their emotion in appropriate ways. Then the child is guided to use emotional management tool/s from the CHARGE tool kit to manage their emotions in a healthy way.

The acronym CHARGE stands for the different categories of emotional management tools – Chat tools, Helpful thinking tools, Amusement tools, Relaxation tools, Good routine tools and Exercise tools.

Behaviour Help App - Using the evidence-based approach of Positive Behaviour Support (PBS), the Behaviour Help web-based app allows people supporting individuals with emotional and behavioural difficulties to complete a Functional Behaviour Analysis and put together a comprehensive Behaviour Support Plan (BSP). The BSP can then be used by everyone interacting with the individual to manage and prevent challenging behaviours and ultimately improve their lives, and the lives of those who support them.

Books

Use the practical tools (checklists, forms, and strategies) in H for Hyperactivity: Positive Behaviour Support book to develop comprehensive PBS plans that can be used to support children of all ages consistently in all settings.

This invaluable guide is useful for parents, caregivers, educators in childcare, early childhood, primary and secondary schools, disability, mental health, allied health, and supervisory professionals.

Coaching

Personalised and practical one to one help tailored specifically to your family.

Online Courses

Access these online courses anytime online to learn about a range of diagnoses, practical skills and strategies to help develop the individual’s emotional regulation skills. Also learn to utilise the positive behaviour support framework to address anxiety, aggression, ADHD, ASD and ODD.

SEL Educational Videos

Minimise or eliminate the occurrence of challenging behaviours by teaching children of all ages appropriate ways of communicating, interacting, managing their emotions and behaviours.

The SEL curriculum uses video modelling to provide direct, explicit and systematic teaching of the various skills by discussing the importance of the skill, modelling the skill so the child learns what the skill looks like? sounds like? feels like? and learn the skill in staged situations that simulate real life scenarios.

Therapy

Personalised and practical behaviour therapy tailored specifically to your family.

Webinars

Webinars discuss a range of practical strategies to guide your child learn positive ways of behaving and managing their emotions.

Workshops

Attend our practical and interactive workshops to learn about a range of diagnoses, practical skills and strategies to help develop the individual’s emotions, behaviours, social and communication skills in your learning environment.

Ask Dolly

Since you’re here, you probably have questions and concerns. I am Dolly Bhargava, am here to help. I am a NDIS registered behaviour support practitioner and speech pathologist.

I have worked in a number of settings for over 21 years so, how can I help?

Please tell me what is worrying you right now and I will do my best to recommend resources and/or services that will be most useful to you in your situation.

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