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Attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder or ADHD is a psychological disorder which usually manifests during childhood. It is something that not one parent would wish for his child, but it happens. As per Healthline, 6.1% of American children receive medication for ADHD. However, sometimes, a misdiagnosis may occur as the symptoms of ADHD is similar to some psychological issues like post-traumatic stress disorder.
Being a parent is a challenge in itself, what more being a parent to a child with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD). This can be very frustrating and be challenging to any parent. A great ounce of understanding, patience, and compassion is a must for parents to cope with their child. But the first step which is understanding your child’s condition can greatly help you cope and support your child needs. You need to know that they have difficulty in executive functions such as planning, organizing, controlling impulses and completing tasks. As much as they want to do what their parents are telling them, they just simply do not know how. Below are the parenting tips you can use to support and guide your child: Accept your child’s condition Your child just like the other children is imperfect. Although it is hard to accept your Childs condition learn how to love them unconditionally. Keep a positive attitude. when you are calm and focused the more that you can help calm your child as well. Remember that whatever is the behavior of your child, it is not intentional and it’s it is related to a disorder. Take care of yourself You are your child’s role model and you are his/her source of strength that is why it is important to keep yourself healthy. Remember that you do not have to do this alone, you can get support from your family, your child’s doctors, and therapist. Do not also feel guilty about taking a break. This is important for you to be able to take care and support your child. Take a break once in a while. Follow a routine in the house Children with ADHD can function more if they have tasks in a structured manner with predictable patterns and places. Help your child be focused and organized by following a routine. Set time for meals, home works, and playtime. You can also use clocks and timers for these tasks. Create a quiet place for your child’s time out, a place that he can call his own. Set up your house in an organized way. Make sure your child knows the places for everything and where to find them. Positive reinforcements “Rewards and Consequence” Set easy to follow rules in the house for your child. Children with ADHD respond better in organized or structured systems of rewards and consequences. Explain to […]
Parenting a child with ADHD is never easy. Their brains are wired differently than the other kids of the same age. In fact, brain scans show that their brain is actually three years behind their peers. Understanding their condition is very important. If you want your child with AHD to behave better, there are so called behavior motivations that you can do to help your child. They are sometimes called rewards and consequences. You need to know that rewarding your child is not the same as bribing them. It simply means that when your child correctly does what you told him/her, she/he will earn a reward for it. Consequences are not punishments. They simply mean withholding a reward that you are supposed to give your child because of an inappropriate behavior, and your child is given an explanation why this is the case. Below are some tips on how you can do the reward system: Reward Chart Make a chart wherein you can list down the good behaviors which can make your child earn tokens. Once they reach a number of tokens required or if their jar is full of tokens already, they can earn something like the toy they want or they can go to the movies. The goal here is to reduce the inappropriate behaviors and to encourage the good behaviors of the child. Cash Depending on the age level, sometimes cash is a good motivation factor to make your child do what you say. Simply make a chart of tasks that your child needs to complete. For every task, they earn coins and for every task taken for granted coins will be deducted from their pool of cash or allowance. Sleepovers or Play dates Another good motivation depending on your child’s age is time with friends. They get to play and have fun or do some sleepovers once they have completed their tasks such as homework. Special Time with Parents Special date with parents can also be a good reward. Like if they behave or if they earned enough good behavior points, you can make your child choose what kind of activity they want to do with you. Maybe a lunch out to a resto they like or a hobby they enjoy doing. Gadgets Time Kids nowadays are so into gadgets and the internet. Make this as their motivation to behave well by […]
Introduction It is a misconception that attention deficit hyperactivity disorder is considered a learning disability. This is because ADHD is usually accompanied by certain learning disabilities, at least 30% of them do. Technically, a child with ADHD is characterized by difficulty focusing and paying attention, which is most likely the reason why he does not effectively learn without help. ADHD kids who have one or more learning disabilities make it more difficult for them to communicate effectively and understand what others are trying to tell them, as they have trouble organizing their thoughts as well.
A few decades ago, there was no telling whether your child was just being a child or if he had something that was out of the ordinary. Parents didn’t usually worry when their children were more active than the other students in school, or if they were a little more ‘off’ than your neighbors’ kids. Perhaps your child had a schoolmate who was always alone and played all by himself and the other kids would call him ‘freak’ or ‘odd’ but there was never any official diagnosis about children like them.
When my niece turned 3, we noticed that she was different. She was bubblier, more active, and more loud. We couldn’t let her sit still for a few minutes, and it’s just so difficult to let her pay attention. My sister asked me once, “Is something wrong with her? Is she autistic or something?” I said, “She’s just being a kid.” Two years after, we finally decided to have her evaluated by an occupational therapist from her school. The OT’s notes revealed that my niece had attention deficit hyperactivity disorder and was advised to have her diagnosed by a specialist.
12-year old David, who was diagnosed with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD), was called on by his guidance counselor because of his incredibly low grades. David confessed that he was having difficulty organizing his time and concentrating on doing his homework, so his counselor recommended 5 apps that he can use to level his mind. Now, 13-year old David is a straight A student who is admired by both his teachers and peers. It’s all because of those 5 apps listed below.