ADHD or Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder is a personality disorder which manifests symptoms coined by the term itself hyperactive behavior and inability to pay attention in school and at home. Research shows that children with ADHD do not have enough chemicals in areas of their brain responsible for organizing thought. Thus, they exhibit disorganized thoughts and actions. They can be easily distracted, tend to have mood swings, and oftentimes hot tempered. They also talk too much and can sometimes be annoying due to their unruly behavior.
If your child has ADHD, have an open mind to confront and improve your circumstance. Some parents tend to disregard these behaviors as a typical stage in their childhood. Some can also be too defensive when teachers, neighbors and playmates complain about the child’s behavior. The child’s situation could only worsen if symptoms will not be properly addressed.
Below are some tips to help your child cope. Some of these may entail much hard work and patience on your part. You need to have enough dedication and commitment to make things work for you and your child. In order for your child to focus on his/her schoolwork, you need to start working within your home to instill discipline and positive behaviors.
Set a daily routine. Each task should be scheduled in a doable manner, such as eating, playing, bathing and yes even as simple as brushing the teeth. You can improvise a chart indicating the schedule for each task. The chart shows a picture of a clock pointed into the scheduled hour and the picture of the task that need to be done. You can even go an extra mile by pasting enlarged pictures of him/her doing the tasks. Be sure to follow the schedule everyday because any distraction could be incomprehensible to the child, thus overwhelm his organized pattern.
Create house and school-related rules. Rules are helpful for children with ADHD because rules give them a structure to follow. To them, these rules are black and white. If you do this, this will be the result. Explain to them properly and if possible, you can also create a chart for it. Be strict in implementing these rules but do not be too hard on consequences because it can traumatize the child. Simple household chores will do as a consequence for breaking a rule, e.g. not doing assignments on time.
Consult a professional. ADHD cases differ in a sense that some children can be characterized as having exceptionally low levels of ADHD, average and exceptionally high. Children on the high level would most probably need medications. The child’s diet has also been proven to affect the child’s behavior depending on the food’s mineral content. It is best to consult an expert to find out your child’s special needs.
Give your child a pat in the back. Giving a compliment or rewarding good behavior is a helpful tool for your children to better remember the accomplishment done e.g. passing a test. An experience associated with a positive emotion will most likely be retained in the child’s memory.
Keep a journal of your child’s progress. Write a weekly or monthly school progress report of your child. Make a regular consultation meeting with his/her teacher. Ensure that the teacher is capable of managing a child with ADHD within the classroom premises e.g. giving regular breaks.
Lastly, never lose sight of your goal. You want the best for your child. Sacrifices have to be done in order to achieve improvement in your child’s condition. Remember to maintain reasonable expectations. It is indeed true to go slowly but surely. All the best.