Childhood Development : A Multicultural Perspective Essay

928 WordsFeb 6, 20164 Pages
I chose this area of development because I thought it was intriguing how a child can get so distracted from the simplest tasks such as eating. Children will sometimes just forget to eat because they are so interested in something else. It’s amusing how a child can go from playing a game to coloring to chasing a cat in less than 5 minutes. It seems as though a child could never become bored. I also chose this topic because many children are diagnosed with ADHD when they are actually just very rambunctious individuals. The textbook “Early Childhood Development: A Multicultural Perspective” discusses the topic of an individual cognitive function that helps children learn. This is called attention, which is the ability to focus for an extended period of time on the important features of a situation or problem. As the child becomes older they are able to better control what they pay attention towards. Young preschoolers tend to focus on many different aspects of the situation, almost at random. (Trawick-Smith, 2014, p.257) Children with ADHD - Attention Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder are extremely active, impulsive, and easily distracted, they perform poorly in school and are more likely to break classroom rules. Children with this disorder also have troubles forming positive relationships with peers and are more often rejected by classmates. (Trawick-Smith, 2014, p.466) ADHD is the most commonly diagnosed psychiatric disorder in childhood. This disease affects about 3% to 5% of
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