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We've summed up 10 common childhood conditions based on the general queries we receive at Child magazine, and found places that offer support. By TAMLYN VINCENT C very family has its challenges, but life can be harder than we know for some children and their parents. A child may struggle with a learning difficulty or be teased at school because of their weight. Other children feel anxious, depressed or defiant. Neurological conditions and diseases also confront families, but there is help for children and their parents. Here are some support options that may work for your family. Attention deficit and hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) and attention deficit disorder (ADD) are both characterised by a lack of attention. ADHD also includes hyperactivity and impulsive behaviour. Adhasa notes that between 8% and 10% of South Africans have either ADD or ADHD. Children with this condition often fidget, talk a lot, become easily distracted, and have trouble listening and staying focused. While many children behave like this at some point, those with ADD or ADHD exhibit these behaviours for longer, which interferes with a child's social, academic and home life. National support Adhasa — Attention Deficit and Hyperactivity Support Group of Southern Africa. Contact: 011 888 7655, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or visit adhasa.co.za While everyone experiences some anxiety, those with anxiety disorders experience excessive distress, fear or panic, which can be so intense that it interferes with their ability to function in everyday situations. The South African Stress and Health Study (2009) found that over 15% of South Africans experience some type of anxiety disorder. These include phobias, post-traumatic stress disorder, or panic disorders where people suddenly experience feelings of terror. Generalised anxiety disorder, obsessive-compulsive disorder and social anxiety disorder (when people are overly worried about interacting in social settings), are other forms of anxiety disorders. National support Sadag — The South African Depression and Anxiety Group. Visit www.sadag.org.

This is an umbrella term for those experiencing some form of autism. While there is a wide variation of symptoms for ASDs, they commonly affect social skills, communication and behaviour. The main childhood-onset disorders that fall within the ASD are Asperger's syndrome (AS), pervasive developmental disorder, not otherwise specified (PDD-NOS), childhood disintegrative disorder and autistic disorder or classic autism. Classic autism is the most severe, but most people on the spectrum have milder autism disorders, such as AS. According to the Association for Autism, current worldwide statistics suggest that one in every 100 children is diagnosed with ASD. National support ASA — Autism South Africa. Contact: 011 484 9909, info@autismsouthafrica. org or visit aut2know.co.za Joburg Autism Parent Network. Contact: 082 550 2355 or autismparentnetwork@ gmail.com ASD Parents' Support Group Gauteng. Find them on Facebook. is normal for children to sometimes behave badly by defying their parents or being naughty. But children with behaviour disorders act out more frequently, and their behaviour can affect school and home life as well as social relationships. Children with oppositional defiant disorder are typically quick to anger, defy figures of authority and deliberately annoy others. Conduct disorder sometimes comes later and is characterised by more aggressive or even criminal behaviour. Children with a behaviour disorder may be acting out because of stress in their lives, family conflict or substance abuse in the home. National support Anger and Stress Management Centre (programmes run on a one-on-one basis; call to confirm if they see children). Contact Cape Town: 021 554 3661, Joburg: 083 309 1154, Durban south: 083 997 7602, Durban North: 079 943 2093 or Pretoria: 012 348 4098, info@ angerstress.com or visit angerstress.com Joburg The Family Life Centre (for anger management group therapy). Contact: 011 788 4784/5 or visit familylife.co.za This disease affects the way the body uses glucose, causing blood sugar levels to be higher than normal. There are two main types of diabetes. Type 1 diabetes occurs when the pancreas stops producing insulin, usually in children and young adults. The insulin then needs to be replaced in the body, using injections, which can be scary for children and parents. Type 2 diabetes occurs when the pancreas stops producing enough insulin or the insulin doesn't work properly. This type was previously more common in adults over 40, but with lifestyle changes it is becoming increasingly common in children. National support Diabetes South Africa. Contact: 086 111 3913, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or visit diabetessa.co.za Pretoria DIY Pretoria (Diabetes in the Youth). Contact: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or find them on Facebook. Someone with a learning disorder has difficulty reading, writing, spelling, working with numbers, or organising or processing information. Learning disorders cannot be cured, but with sufficient support children can learn how to cope. Dyslexia is when someone has difficulty recognising or resource decoding writing. Those with dyscalculia struggle with numbers and symbols. Dysgraphia is a writing disability. Auditory and visual processing disorders mean that children have trouble interpreting information, and people with nonverbal learning disabilities struggle to read nonverbal language cues. National support SAALED - The South African Association for Learning and Educational Differences (workshops and talks available). Contact: 011 325 2406, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or visit saaled.org.za Mood disorders such as depression and bipolar disorders are marked by intense bad moods that last for long periods of time. With depression people experience sadness, pessimism and worthlessness, while mania is characterised by extreme happiness, euphoria or enthusiasm. In bipolar disorder, people swing between these two poles. The South African Stress and Health Study (2009) noted that almost 10% of South Africans will experience a mood disorder at some point in their life. National support Bipolar Kids and Teens South Africa (online info, with a WhatsApp support group). Contact: bpkidssa@mweb. co.za or visit bpkidssouthafrica.co.za Sadag - The South African Depression and Anxiety Group. Visit sadag.org South African Bipolar Site. Visit bipolar.co.za Joburg SABDA - Schizophrenia and Bipolar Disorders Alliance. Contact: 011 326 0661, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or visit supportsabda.co.za Obesity is becoming increasingly prevalent in children as a result of lifestyle factors such as a lack of exercise and poor nutrition. Obesity is usually diagnosed by measuring body mass index (BMI), which uses height and weight to measure a person's body fat. This measurement is not always accurate and can be misleading, especially when a child is having a growth spurt, but it is an indicator that there may be a problem and can help your doctor decide whether further tests are needed. Obesity can also lead to health problems such as diabetes and heart disease, and social problems such as being bullied or low self-esteem. National support Overeaters Anonymous. Contact: 011 640 2901, 0A_SA@overeatersanonymous. org.za or visit oa.org.za Eating Disorders Anonymous (for online meetings or to find one in South Africa). Visit eatingdisordersanonymous.org There are a variety of disorders that cause sleep disturbances. Sleep apnoea occurs when children have difficulty breathing during sleep. Restless leg syndrome (the urge to move your legs) and insomnia (difficulty in falling or staying asleep), are other sleep disorders. Arousal disorders include sleep walking and talking, and night terrors. Children may also experience bedwetting or nocturnal enuresis. Children usually grow out of bedwetting by six or seven years old. National support Sleep Medicine (provides info, resources and assistance for dealing with sleep disorders). Visit sleepmedicine.co.za Someone who has difficulty communicating through speech may have a speech disorder. These disorders interfere with certain aspects of speech such as pronunciation, fluency, pitch or quality. Some speech disorders that children may face include stuttering, a disorder that affects the fluency of speech, and articulation disorders, when words or sounds are substituted, left out or added into speech. Lisps are a type of substitution. There are a variety of conditions that affect speech, such as brain injury, hearing loss, physical disabilities or neurological disorders. Aphasia, dysarthria and apraxia are disorders associated with brain disorders or injury. Depending on the cause of the speech disorder, you may want to look for a support group that addresses the specific issue. National support Speak Easy (for people who stutter). Contact: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or visit speakeasy.org.za For brain injury Joburg Headway. Visit headway.org.za

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