Attention deficit hyperactive disorder, also known as ADHD, is one of the most frequent psychological disorders that develop in kids. This syndrome is characterized by severe hyperactivity, attention gaps or lack of attention to focus on things for a given span of time, and impulsive behavior. The most general indicator in children with attention deficit hyperactive disorder is they get bored easily.
Here is a list of symptoms to observe to know if a child has attention deficit hyperactive disorder:
- Severe hyperactivity – check to see if a child can’t stay still or control himself in a given instance; like while sitting, walking, running or talking.
- Lack of concentration – observe the child if he is aware of what is happening around them.
- Recklessness – monitor the things that the child does like if he does certain actions without first thinking about the outcome.
If you notice these symptoms, it is best to consult medical specialists such as psychologists, psychiatrists or neurologists that specialize in the field of social behavior to diagnose your child.
Here are some points to help you and your children deal with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD):
- Reward system – give the child a reward after he or she accomplishes a task. This will give the child motivation to finish some chores. Let the child choose what he will earn after completing the task.
- Dealing with the child’s irritability – when the child starts to cry and screams at you, be considerate and don’t give depressing talk. Try to talk to him in a positive way and ask him if he can use a normal tone of voice so that you can help him with his issues. If you notice that his tantrums are more frequent than usual, that’s the time you need to send him to a time-out corner.
- Show the child that you care and love him – support the child in every way. This will help the child’s behavioral improvement.
- Control the diet of the child – some food will affect the magnitude of attention deficit hyperactive disorder (ADHD). Giving the child excessive amounts of sugar and/or salt will make him severely hyperactive. Serve healthy, low-salt and low-sugar food like vegetables and fruits. This will make them more attentive and responsive. It will surely reduce your child’s hyperactivity.
- Get special courses in school – teachers in special classes allot more time for activities and give him special treatments like sitting in front of the class, giving him special homework and giving him more time to finish exams.
- Set rules – set clear and easy to understand regulations that needs to be followed by a child. Give penalties if he disobeys rules like no dessert after dinner and what not.
- Do not judge and compare – let your child work hard to meet reach his highest potential. Do not compare and contrast your child with others. This only degrades and embarrasses the child. It will not help the child to be motivated to do tasks.
- Set yourself as an example (role model) – show your child how to do things positively. Teach him how to be organized and determined.
After carrying out these points, you will see that your child will learn more about life and become more attached to his family members. The child will try to adjust his behavior to suit his lifestyle.