ADHD and Your Child: Tips for Care
If your child is diagnosed with ADHD, you may be overwhelmed with the amount of information that is being told to you. Caring for a child with ADHD can be frustrating at times, but a few simple tips can help you and you child to cope with the diagnosis.
Set a Routine
Establishing a routine will help keep your child focused. The simpler the routine and plan, the easier it will be for your child to follow it. Make sure that you are using timers and clocks to add more structure and ensure that the schedule is followed. It will also be helpful to your child if you are organized. If everything in the environment is neat and orderly, it will make it easier on your child to stay focused.
You must keep a positive attitude. Keep in mind that the way your child acts is not intentional. Their behavior is a result of their disorder. Believe in your child and know that every little detail does not matter. If you child completes two out of three tasks, do not get overly upset over the incomplete task. Instead, be positive and thankful for what they did accomplish. You also must make sure that you are taking care of yourself. If you get overwhelmed or start to feel negative, take a break and get refreshed before returning with a new positive attitude.
Seek support from others who are going through the same situation. They may have tips on what works for their child or may be able to help you figure out what will work best for your child. Your child should have support too. Ensure that they have friends that they can turn to and trust. Your child is just as smart, creative, and adventurous as other children their age, so make sure that they can show it with friends.
Set Clear Rules and Expectations
Your child must know boundaries. It is also important that you have a reward and consequences system in place. If the child does something wrong, there should be consequences and, if the child does something right, there should be rewards. A reward does not need to be the same thing every time or a child with ADHD may grow bored easily with the idea of an award. The consequences for bad behavior must be spelled out just the same. If there is a specific environmental trigger that affects your child, remove the trigger from their environment if possible.
Encourage Your Child to Be Active
Children were meant to be active. For your child with ADHD, it is especially important that they participate in physical activity. ADHD children have an overabundance of energy, so giving them a healthy outlet for their energy is a must. It is also important for your child to get a good night’s rest. Being highly active during the day will help your child to get the night’s rest that they need.