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January 1942


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From the Child Center, Catholic University of America.

Am J Dis Child. 1942;63(1):94-101. doi:10.1001/archpedi.1942.02010010095009

What is a hyperactive child? When does he become a problem to others? The average child is very active physically, employs useless and exaggerated gestures and finds it difficult to concentrate on one thing for a prolonged period. As he grows he learns to control his motor impulses, becomes less active and more attentive and finally in his teens develops the ability to think before acting and is economical in the expenditure of his physical energy. The extent of normal physical overactivity and the time for the child to become less active vary widely with different children. Annoying as hyperactive behavior may be to parents, fortunately, in most instances, it is regarded as natural, as a phase in the child's development, and not much importance is attached to it. The child whose overactivity results in no particular problems will not be discussed.

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