Army shows support to families at Yongsan with ADHD kids
February 8, 2006
YONGSAN GARRISON, South Korea — Area II officials offer a support group for families with children who have attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, but for the past two months, only one family has come to the meetings, according to Regina Hargrove, who volunteers to coordinate the group.
So Hargrove and others are trying to let parents know that help is available. The meetings — the third Wednesday of each month, from 5:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. in the Army Community Services building — are a place where parents can share their problems and solutions when dealing with a hyperactive child, Hargrove said.
“It’s to let them know they are not alone,” she said.
Community services officials don’t know how many ADHD-diagnosed children might be living in Area II, but there’s an array of help from the schools, medical staff and community services, according to Alexander Carter, who coordinates family programs for Area II.
Children who are diagnosed with ADHD have a hard time controlling their behavior and trouble paying attention, according to the National Institute of Mental Health. The condition usually becomes apparent in children in preschool and early grades.
It’s estimated that 3 to 5 percent of children have ADHD.
For more information on the support group, call DSN 738-5311.