An Adlerian Perspective on Children with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder

Children are creative in the ways they move through their world in an attempt to get their needs met. All living beings have a need to belong, to feel safe and significant which can be achieved in useful or useless ways. Children with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder are at risk for misbehavior that keeps them acting in ways that are not useful and do not promote social interest. A literature review was conducted to explore the Adlerian perspective of children with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder, and Adlerian approaches to promote social interest as an alternative view to the medical model for treatment. This author will look at the physiological underpinnings of Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder as well as the issues surrounding emotion regulation, learning disabilities, co-occurring disorders, and behavioral manifestations of the disorder.

Ashley Boerboom
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