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JAGRUTHI AIKYA NEWSLETTER Issue#12 Jagruthi AIKYA Newsletter June 2014 From the Director Friends, Let's learn more



AIKYA Newsletter

June 2014

JAGRUTHI AIKYA NEWSLETTER Issue#12 Jagruthi AIKYA Newsletter June 2014 From the Director Friends, Let's learn more

From the Director


Let's learn more on ADHD in this issue which is the need of the hour as this condition is on the increase now among school going children.

ADHD is a neurological and behavioral disorder that

affects not only the person with it, but the entire family, including parents and the extended family of parental siblings and grandparents. It tests the limits of the

family’s ability to be supportive, understanding and


Having a child with ADHD is the most difficult thing you will ever have to deal with, because it never ends.

Every single day is an exercise in patience (or lack thereof) and forgiveness (you trying to forgive yourself for lack of patience!).

ADHD is real and valid. The sooner we recognize the patterns and learn to work with these kids, the better assured we will be that they as adults with be healthy members of society. Teachers and education administrators need to be the strongest advocates of early intervention and support. Unfortunately, many of

them deny the existence of this ADHD and aren’t willing

to look at sound science that supports this. Parvathy Vishwanath

JAGRUTHI AIKYA NEWSLETTER Issue#12 Jagruthi AIKYA Newsletter June 2014 From the Director Friends, Let's learn more





Raising happy, confident children who have ADHD.

Never worry alone. As a parent, you will worry. That's fine. But make your worrying productive, not toxic, by doing it with someone else. Worry with an expert, another parent, your spouse, your child's teacher, the doctor, or any other person you trust.

As much as you can about ADHD--from books, lectures, publications like this one, support groups, and other reliable sources. Beware of the Internet! You may get unwanted and unproved "information."

Believe in the potential greatness of your child--and make sure he or she does, too. Adopt a strength-based approach to ADHD. For sure, understand the challenges inherent in the condition, but understand that, with proper, ongoing help, your child can become a champion.

Find the right doctor to oversee ADHD treatment. I've seen too many kids in their teens who have fallen behind because they did not have proper guidance and treatment early on. Ask around. Talk to your paediatrician, teachers and others in the know at school for recommendations about the best experts in your area.

Do all you can to get your child into a school that "gets" ADHD--and does not punish or humiliate students who have it. Once you have chosen your school, make friends with your child's teacher. They'll work harder for parents and students they like than for those who treat them poorly.

Make sure your child gets lots of physical activity. Exercise dramatically helps students with ADHD. If possible, make sure your child takes a chance to get up and move around, at least every hour.

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Pay attention to sleep and nutrition, and consider having your child learn how to meditate. Yes, kids with ADHD can meditate.

Take structure seriously. For every problem that arises, consider a new structure as a first solution. For example, if getting up is tough for your child, buy a flying alarm clock. If remembering assignments is a problem, consider working on a home-to-school-to-home notebook, with the teacher’s help. Have simple, consistent rules, so you don't have to make them up every day.

Learn the facts about medication before you decide to use it. Stimulant medication, when used properly, is safe and effective. Make sure your child feels comfortable about taking medication before he starts it.

Give your child daily dose of positive human contact, the "the other vitamin C," vitamin Connect. Many kids with ADHD go through a day, even a week, without a friendly glance or encouraging word. Work to guarantee that your child gets multiple doses of the other vitamin C every day.



Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder - ADHD/ADD Fact Sheet


The difference is mainly one of terminology, which can be confusing at times. The "official" clinical diagnosis is Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder, or AD/HD. In turn, AD/HD is broken down into three different subtypes: Combined Type, Predominantly Inattentive Type, and Predominantly Hyperactive-Impulsive Type.

Many people use the term ADD as a generic term for all types of AD/HD. The term ADD has gained popularity among the general public, in the media, and is even commonly used among professionals. Whether we call it ADD or AD/HD, however, we are all basically referring to the same thing.


According to epidemiological data, approximately 4% to 6% of the U.S. population has ADHD. That is about 8 to 9 million adults.

ADHD usually persists throughout a person's lifetime. It is NOT limited to children. Approximately one-half to two-thirds of children with ADHD will continue to have significant problems with ADHD symptoms and behaviours as adults, which impacts their lives on the job, within the family, and in social relationships.


AD/HD is a diagnosis applied to children and adults who consistently display certain characteristic behaviours over a period of time. The most common core features include:

distractibility (poor sustained attention to tasks)

impulsivity (impaired impulse control and delay of gratification)

hyperactivity (excessive activity and physical restlessness)

In order to meet diagnostic criteria, these behaviours must be excessive, long-term, and pervasive. The behaviours must appear before age 7, and continue for at least 6 months. A crucial consideration is that the behaviours must create a real handicap in at least two areas of a person's life, such as school, home, work, or social settings. These criteria set ADHD apart from the "normal" distractibility and impulsive behaviour of childhood, or the effects of the hectic and overstressed lifestyle prevalent in our society.

According to the DSM-IV (the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, Fourth Edition) some common symptoms of ADHD include: often fails to give close attention to details or makes careless mistakes; often has difficulty sustaining attention to tasks; often does not seem to listen when spoken to directly; often fails to follow instructions carefully and completely; losing or forgetting important things; feeling restless, often fidgeting with hands or feet, or squirming; running or climbing excessively; often talks excessively; often blurts out answers before hearing the whole question; often has difficulty awaiting turn.

Please keep in mind that the exact nature and severity of AD/HD symptoms varies from person to person. Approximately one-third of people with AD/HD do not have the hyperactive or overactive behaviour component, for example.




ADHD is NOT caused by poor parenting, family problems, poor teachers or schools, too much TV, food allergies, or excess sugar. One early theory was that attention disorders were caused by minor head injuries or damage to the brain, and thus for many years ADHD was called "minimal brain damage" or "minimal brain dysfunction." The vast majority of people with ADHD have no history of head injury or evidence of brain damage, however. Another theory, which is still heard in the media, is that refined sugar and food additives make children hyperactive and inattentive. Scientists at the National Institutes of Health (NIH) concluded that this may apply to only about 5 percent of children with ADHD, mostly either very young children or children with food allergies.

ADHD IS very likely caused by biological factors which influence neurotransmitter activity in certain parts of the brain, and which have a strong genetic basis. Studies at NIMH using a PET (positron emission tomography) scanner to observe the brain at work have shown a link between a person's ability to pay continued attention and the level of activity in the brain. Specifically researchers measured the level of glucose used by the areas of the brain that inhibit impulses and control attention. In people with AD/HD, the brain areas that control attention used less glucose, indicating that they were less active. It appears from this research that a lower level of activity in some parts of the brain may cause inattention and other AD/HD symptoms.


There is a great deal of evidence that AD/HD runs in families, which is suggestive of genetic factors. If one person in a family is diagnosed with AD/HD, there is a 25% to 35% probability that any other family member also has AD/HD, compared to a 4% to 6% probability for someone in the general population.


Clinical experience has shown that the most effective treatment for AD/HD is a combination of Early Intervention, therapy or counselling to learn coping skills and adaptive behaviours, and ADD coaching for adults.

Medication is often used to help normalize brain activity, as prescribed by a physician. Stimulant medications are commonly used because they have been shown to be effective for few people with ADHD.

Behaviour therapy and cognitive therapy are often helpful to modify certain behaviours and to deal with the emotional effects of AD/HD.


JAGRUTHI AIKYA NEWSLETTER | Issue #12 5 . Music Therapy As the clock struck two, there


Music Therapy

As the clock struck two, there was a wave of excitement and smiles on our children’s faces. Only that very morning we had informed them about the shloka sessions which were to start from that day. They hadn’t forgotten about that in spite of their busy morning and were very enthusiastic to start their very first Shloka class. They cleared the room and sat in neat rows with utmost sincerity waiting for their Shloka teacher.

The very moment he entered our class, our children greeted him and soon enough the session began. Our children repeated “Vishnu Sahasranamam” after him with utmost seriousness. They repeated those difficult mantras patiently till they were able to pronounce perfectly. The teachers of AIKYA also took part in this session.

After about half an hour, he concluded the shloka session and began teaching the children small bhajans. These fast numbered bhajans were thoroughly enjoyed by our children. They sang them a couple of times and the session came to an end. Our children loved this session so much that they eagerly await their shloka class every day.



Computer Classes

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Computers are the key to survival in today’s technology

driven world. AIKYA very well understands this and gives great importance to giving wholesome exposure and education to its students. Right from the age of ten to late twenties, various computer classes are held. Our teacher Mr.Kannan has been teaching our children

computer science for many years now. For students with moderate disability WORD and EXCEL are taught. As a part of advanced classes even accounts are taught to students in EXCEL. Vinu Krishna, a student of AIKYA says that he loves his computer classes and tries not to miss even a single one.

Several students have been greatly benefited by these classes. This equips them with the skill set required to make them employable in mainstream. Several of our students are employed in different companies as data entry operators.

Vocational Training Programme

Keeping special children occupied is one of the biggest challenges. In order to improve their focus and concentration AIKYA conducts vocational training sessions. In these sessions the children are taught to make various items. They are taught to make paper bags, greeting cards, chains and bracelets. Our children very much enjoy making these items. Vocational Training Programme of AIKYA prepares students for learning skills that are necessary to pursue an occupation. Training is designed to help our

intellectually challenged young employment.




These items are sold at our school and at stalls that are put at exhibitions and other social gatherings. Please contact us to get more information on these items.

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A walk in the park

It was a sunny afternoon. The children had just finished their lunch. There were smiling at each other in a naughty matter and within no time I understood that they were up to something. Slowly a group of children approached me and asked me hesitantly and shyly if they could go to the park. I asked them the name of the park and where it was. They gestured by pointing in the direction of the park and said “Nageshwar Rao park, its right here miss” and smiled at me. After we decided to go to the park, these children were jumping with joy. Two of them took their water bottles and filled it with water up to the brim while a few took balls and frisbees to play at the park. They quickly held hands with each other and were standing in pairs waiting for me and Mrs. Manju to escort them out. We headed out of AIKYA and started walking towards the park and reached a junction that needed to be crossed. These children held my hands and Mrs.Manju’s and waited patiently for our instruction as to when to cross the road. The second we crossed the road and entered the premises of the park the children left our hands and walked ahead of us as they knew the park at the back of their hand. Confidently and gleefully they headed to the play pen.

JAGRUTHI AIKYA NEWSLETTER | Issue #12 7 A walk in the park It was a sunny
JAGRUTHI AIKYA NEWSLETTER | Issue #12 7 A walk in the park It was a sunny

A few started playing with the ball while the other played in the see-saw, slide and swings. Sometimes when a game they wanted to play was unavailable, they formed a queue near it and waited patiently for their turn. We even conducted some games like running race and hopping race which the children loved. It was around 2 P.M and the sun was at its peak. Mrs.Manju and I were getting tired merely standing there but these children were running around and seemed to be completely unaffected by the heat. An hour went by and it was time to head back to the school. They again assumed their positions and stood in pairs and quickly checked if they had taken what they had brought from the school to the park. We reached the school in five minutes and the children immediately went and washed themselves up. They seemed famished and started eating their snacks as it was their break time. Soon enough a discussion began to decide the timing for their next visit to the park. It was absolute treat to watch these children play and have fun. It sure was a wonderful and playful day at AIKYA.



About AIKYA Jagruthi AIKYA aims to Improve and enhance functional capabilities of persons with special needs
AIKYA aims to Improve and enhance functional capabilities of persons with special
needs like Autism, ADHD, DS and other Learning
Early Intervention Programs for Children with delayed development (0-3
Years) 
ADHD - Attention deficit
hyperactivity disorder
is a psychiatric disorder
in which there are
significant problems of
attention, hyperactivity,
or acting impulsively
that are not appropriate
for a person's age. These
symptoms must begin
by age six to twelve and
School for children with ADHD, Autism, DS, Learning Disabilities and Slow
learners 
Therapy services 
Vocational training 
Training in sports, music, dance, yoga, instrumental music 
Training in computers 
Recreation Centre with indoor sports and GYM 
Work Centre for adults 
be present for more
than six months for a
diagnosis to be made.
Training and counselling for parents of children with special needs 
Short term training courses for parents and volunteers 
Myths about ADHD:
Do you want to volunteer with AIKYA?
Myth: ADHD isn’t a real
Please call 9444960643 or mail to
Myth: Information
overload causes adult
Myth: Children with
ADHD outgrow the problem
by adulthood
Myth: People with
ADHD don’t need
treatment—they just need to
get organized
Where are we located?
2/9, Karpagambal Nagar Main Road,
Myth: ADHD
Medications are dangerous
and addictive
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