What Causes a Child with Autism to be Hyperactive and How to Control It

What Causes a Child with Autism to be Hyperactive and How to Control It

Hyperactivity is a super excited and active state of doing different activities. It is often noticed with symptoms like difficulty in concentrating on a task or talkative behaviour. Sometimes parents confuse between true hyperactive and impulsive behaviours exhibited by children.

Attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) is associated with hyperactivity and concentration difficulties. Hyperactivity in children is also a symptom of ADHD. It’s not that easy to diagnose this condition in toddlers which calls for a regular developmental assessment. Hyperactivity affects the brain and can cause some emotional issues as well.

Signs Of Hyperactivity In Children

A child inhabiting hyperactivity may:

  • Be an excessive talker
  • Fidget and squirm when seated
  • Walk or run all around frequently
  • Run or climb on things
  • Have trouble playing quietly
  • Always be “on his/her toes”

These signs may vary in children with age.

Children with hyperactive triads tend to be constantly in motion, jumping on bed/sofa and having trouble participating in group activities that call for being calm. For instance, such children might not even show any interest in listening to stories.

Cause Of Hyperactivity In Children

There can be many reasons for the hyperactivity of the child, like stress, mental or emotional health issues, lack of sleep or exercise, anxiety etc. As soon as you notice that your child is showing the hyperactivity signs mentioned above, get your child clinically assessed. A thorough clinical assessment will decode the exact causes. Once you know the reasons it will help you in figuring out the best possible intervention for hyperactivity in your child.

Some interventions make a hyperactive child use up excess energy in productive ways. Various sports activities and regular exercises can bring big differences. Hyperactive children are often judged and bullied by their peers which can harm their self-esteem.

Things That You Can Do

  • Observe your child’s behaviour
  • Keep an eye on the activity patterns
  • Get your child assessed by an expert
  • Follow the strategy suggested by the expert

Hyperactivity is not something untreatable. However, it does need consistency in intervention and an open mindset of parents.