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Active or Hyperactive?

30 Clock Hours / 3.0 CEUs

Active or Hyperactive?

Active or Hyperactive? Course Description: 

This course applies to preschool and school-age children.

Learn reasons behind many of children’s troublesome behaviors. Examines the traits of active alert children and those who are labeled ADD or ADHD. Learn to recognize and appreciate each child's unique qualities, ways to interact in a helpful manner with children whose behaviors are difficult, and ways to provide the love, affirmation, and acceptance these children need. This course presents strategies for interacting with and helping children whose activity level is excessive, identifying traits of active alert children, and positive guidance techniques. See the course topics listed below for more information on what is covered.

This course is a favorite, and we receive many comments telling us how helpful the information in the course is. Several parents have called to order the course because their childcare provider loved it so much!

Learning Outcomes: After completing Active or Hyperactive? you will be able to explain what is meant by the term “active alert” and how it differs from the terms “hyperactive” and “ADHD”; list the eleven basic traits that are typical of active alert children; identify the gifts and challenges of the active alert temperament; and distinguish between affirming and damaging modes of interaction with active alert children. Read more.

About the two-book format: Coursebooks contain the quizzes, answer sheets and some information. Coursebooks are only available from Care Courses, and every student must have his or her own copy of the Coursebook. Textbooks contain important information and you must read the textbook to get credit for the course. 

Course Formats
Course IDCourse FormatCourse LanguageClock HoursIACET CEUsQuantityTuition 
AHY-83N9 CourseBook + Textbook English303.0 $73.00

Attention Massachusetts Students: This course is a diverse learner course.

Topics Covered in Active or Hyperactive?:
  • The difference between active alert children and hyperactive children
  • The eleven basic traits that are typical of active alert children
  • Strategies for positive interactions with active alert children
  • Three major learning styles
  • Factors that affect active alert children's learning
  • Characteristics of a good teacher for active alert children
  • Common characteristics of ADHD children
  • Dangers of labeling children
  • Different ways of understanding or explaining ADHD-type behaviors
  • Some possible triggers for ADHD behaviors
  • Strategies for interacting successfully with ADHD children
  • Ways to build self-esteem in ADHD children
  • Effective skill-building techniques for use with ADHD children
  • Ways to minimize the stress level of ADHD children
  • Ways to help ADHD children copeTreatments that are effective for ADHD children
Prerequisites: Must be able to fluently read and write English.

Instructional methodology: Read written material; view videos; listen to audio segments.

Assessment methods: Multiple choice quizzes and written assignments.

Comments on Active or Hyperactive?:

This is an awesome course!! I feel like I have benefited immensely.  Thank you!!- Kerrville, Texas

I have received my text and work book from Care Courses and have begun the reading. The order process was simple and painless and as a very busy person, I appreciate the chance to work through the class at my own rate. I anticipate that this will be the first of many learning opportunities I take advantage of through your company as your courses seem both relevant and interesting. I thank you for making this by far the most convenient way to continue my early childhood education and the kids I teach thank you for giving me the opportunity to serve them better, as well. - Sun Prairie, Wisconsin

I received my order and the course (Active or Hyperactive?) and as usual, it was well thought out and extremely informative. It was specifically informative for me because of the population of children that I serve, students with Hearing loss. Very often, because our students did not initially possess the skills to communicate vocally, they expressed themselves in other ways. Many time this behavior was perceived as being hyper or even negative. This course provided even me (after 25 years in Education) with insights into my students. This is what learning is supposed to do! I appreciate Care Courses so much because of the flexibility it allows me. Not to mention the attention to the Latest Information, Professionals and Resource Materials they provide. Whenever I go back for the next school year, I always feel so prepared! - Houston, Texas

I really enjoyed this course -- it was very in-depth and informative. - Thiensville, Wisconsin

Thank you so much for providing your wonderful courses for childcare providers.  I have taken five of your courses in the past year and have found them well written, complete and concise.  The format is very well organized and easy to follow - the self checks help to review areas that I needed to go over again and the assignments were very helpful to then use the content in my classes. The last course I took was Active or Hyperactive? The textbook, Living with the Active Alert Child was such a helpful resource and combined with the additional information in the course booklet - I gained invaluable insight into some of the children's behavior and temperaments that I have taught.  This book and course will be such a useful tool to refer to and use with parents or staff when we have an active alert child enrolled in our preschool - It has definitely helped me understand these children better so that I can meet their needs better.  Thank you for this course. - Madison, Wisconsin

This course defined my daughter to a tee!  She has always been so difficult to handle and my mom calls her "spoiled."  It was so good to read this course and keep saying, "Yes, that is my kid!" Thank you for offering such a wonderfully helpful course. - Dallas, Texas

Course completion deadline: This training expires 12 months from the date of purchase. Courses must be successfully completed by their expiration date in order for the student to receive a certificate.
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Care Courses currently offers over 60 professional development courses and one non-credit training tutorial on the CDA process. All courses offer clock hours and an official online certificate of completion. The free CDA tutorial does not offer clock hours or a certificate.

Care Courses' course tuition entitles one person to receive the clock hours granted by a course upon successful completion.  Bundle pricing covers tuition for all the courses included in a bundle.

To receive the CEUs and Clock Hours for a course, you must adhere to and sign our honor code, follow directions on written assignments and show comprehension of the course content. You must make 70% or better on all course quizzes. Less than 70% will result in trainer review and evaluation. If review indicates the need for discussion, you will be informed that you must speak with a trainer. You will be given a second chance to make 70% or better. Should you fail to do so, you will receive a letter indicating that you did not pass the course and may not retake the course for 12 months.

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