The support that our dependents receive while on Active Duty is very important. Servicemembers rely on the different health and welfare support services that are provided by the military to help take care of their families while they are away on active duty. Many different Servicemember families have a number of children, and sometimes there are different situations that arise that are necessary for the military to support the efforts of families in making sure that families remain healthy and together. One of these type support services that the military helps provide is in behavior support services.
Servicemembers serve on deployments that have been up to 15 months at a time, and during these long deployments the stress on families can be intense. For Servicemember dependents, for their children that are in school, it can seem like Dad or Mom is gone forever, but this is not true. One of the services that the Family Support Centers that are located on most Military Bases provide is diagnostic and support services for behavior issues. Many behavior issues such as acting out, inattention, or poor school performance can be corrected with counseling, or helping to provide family activity and support services that build bridges between different families, all with Servicemembers serving overseas. But in some cases, in some families there are deeper issues. One such type of problem is when a Dependent is diagnosed with ADHD, or attention deficit hyperactivity disorder. As a military Servicemember, it can be difficult to spot ADHD at first. Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder can be something that you don?t spot until your son or daughter has grown older. Sometimes a child can have a borderline case of ADHD, or have the disorder and you do not become aware of it until your child enters school.
In the last decade the providers and intake specialists at Military Family Service Centers have become more proficient in helping military families realize when on or more of their kids is suffering from ADHD. Much is being learned and left to be discovered about ADHD, but one thing that has been found is that the brains of people with ADHS are different. What can a military Family Support Center offer? Well several things. They have group and family activities to help prevent isolation, and much of the different symptoms of ADHS can be fought against by keeping families plugged in, and healthy.
One way to do this is to keep families involved in the military Servicemember family community, interacting and learning social skills by being around and visiting with other families, and other kids. Its difficult, many families with members that have ADHD want to isolate and keep their children closeted away, but professionals will tell you, stay involved.