Sunday June 16, 2019

Know How Your Canine Friend can Help Reduce ADHD Symptoms in Kids

The research involved children aged seven to nine who had been diagnosed with ADHD and who had never taken medicines for their condition

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parents should do for their offspring is to grow up a full-fledged person who can rationally think and be happy

Besides remaining loyal and man’s best friend, dogs can also provide therapy that can effectively treat children with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), say researchers.

The results indicate that children with ADHD who received canine assisted intervention (CAI) experienced a reduction in inattention and an improvement in social skills.

While both CA and non-CA interventions were ultimately found to be effective for reducing overall ADHD symptom severity after 12 weeks, the group assisted by therapy dogs fared significantly better with improved attention and social skills at only eight weeks and demonstrated fewer behavioural problems.

“Our finding that dogs can hasten the treatment response is very meaningful,” said Sabrina Schuck, Executive Director at the University of California-Irvine, US.

“In addition, the fact that parents of the children who were in the CAI group reported significantly fewer problem behaviours over time than those treated without therapy dogs is further evidence of the importance of this research,” Schuck added.

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The results indicate that children with ADHD who received canine assisted intervention (CAI) experienced a reduction in inattention and an improvement in social skills. Pixabay

The study, published in the Human-Animal Interaction Bulletin (HAIB), illustrates that the presence of therapy dogs enhances traditional psychosocial intervention and is feasible and safe to implement.

Animal assisted intervention (AAI) has been used for decades. However, only recently has empirical evidence begun to support these practices reporting benefits including reduced stress, improved cognitive function, reduced problem behaviours and improved attention.

“The take away from this is that families now have a viable option when seeking alternative or adjunct therapies to medication treatments for ADHD, especially when it comes to impaired attention,” said Schuck.

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“Inattention is perhaps the most salient problem experienced across the life span for individuals with this disorder.”

The research involved children aged seven to nine who had been diagnosed with ADHD and who had never taken medicines for their condition. (IANS)

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Father’s Day Special: This is How a Father Should Spend Time with Kids

Children form an emotional bond with their caregivers, and it serves a purpose by keeping them safe, providing comfort and security, and modelling how relationships should work

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Researchers have found that fathers who spend lots of time helping out with childcare-related tasks on holidays develop stronger relationships with their kids.

The study published in the Journal of Family Psychology, reveals that both types of involvement — caregiving versus play — and the timing — workday versus non-workday — have an impact on the quality of the early father-child relationship.

“Fathers who make the choice to devote their time on non-workdays to engaging with their children directly seem to be developing the best relationships,” said Geoffrey Brown, Assistant Professor in the University of Georgia in the US.

For this study, the research team worked with 80 father-child pairs when the children were about 3 years old and conducted interviews and observed father-child interaction in the home, shooting video that was evaluated off-site and assigned a score indicating attachment security.

The researchers found that fathers who choose to spend time with their children on non-workdays are developing a stronger relationship with them.

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A man twirls a young child on a waterfront park as downtown Seattle disappears in a smoky haze behind, Aug. 19, 2018. VOA

However, fathers who spend lots of time helping out with childcare-related tasks on workdays are developing the best relationships with their children.

Men who engage in high levels of play with their children on workdays actually have a slightly less secure attachment relationship with them, said the study.

According to the researchers, in early childhood, the most common way to conceptualise the parent-child relationship is the attachment relationship.

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Children form an emotional bond with their caregivers, and it serves a purpose by keeping them safe, providing comfort and security, and modelling how relationships should work.

“Ultimately, fathers who engage in a variety of parenting behaviours and adjust their parenting to suit the demands and circumstances of each individual day are probably most likely to develop secure relationships with their children,” said Brown. (IANS)