Fox Terrier Children

Is your child amongst the children called fox terrier children?

I spoke to a headmaster of a school recently about neurotherapy as an alternative form of treatment for ADD/ADHD, referring to these children’s restlessness. His reaction was, “Oh you mean the ‘fox terrier children’!”, referring to the activity level of a fox terrier. Fox terriers are forever barking, stirring, being energetic, running around in circles purposelessly and chasing nothing.

Does your child…

  • Irritate the teacher and other children in class?
  • Throw classmates with pieces of rubber and paper?
  • Climb up the roof and fences to test your nerves?
  • Wheelie on his back wheel, whilst turning around to see your reaction?
  • Play with the other siblings until they cry, with the excuse that it’s just a game?
  • Or scare people and watch their reaction?
  • Picks a fight or sets other children’s anger alight, so that they start to fight about something they don’t really understand, and then he walks off innocently?
  • Acts as the class clown or wise crack?
  • Focus on being sarcastic and sometimes mean?
  • Make noises and hum inappropriately?
  • Execute activities that could describe him as being ‘a daredevil testing the limits’?
  • Get excited by exercises such as bungee jumping and other activities that can get him into serious trouble?
  • Engage in activities where they obviously did not do any forethought?

Why do they engage in conflict seeking activities; why are they hyperactive and restless; and why do they irritate others?

This is a way to stimulate the inactive or sleeping brain, which means that they normally suffer from under arousal. They don’t plan to do these things. They have this unconscious need for stimulation. They try to keep the brain awake.

People with ADD/ADHD ‘turn on’ their brains, causing turmoil. To get their parents or spouses to yell, may increase the activity in their own prefrontal lobes and help them to feel more tuned in.

If you stop to provide the stimulation (in other words, react to their stimulus by shouting, yelling or over reacting), their negative behaviour will decrease. So, don’t react to their message of “let’s have a problem”.

How do we stop this game playing and auto-reaction? Psychotherapy, with both parent and child, is one way of managing the problem. Neurotherapy, however, addresses the basic problem. The lower frequencies that the ADD brain produces are inhibited and the more productive frequencies that help us to concentrate, attend, focus and being alert and more calm, are rewarded, so that we produce more effective brainwaves.

Dr A Peché (0823356133 / 011 6756138)