10 Ways To Deal With ADHD

What Is ADHD?

Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) begins in early childhood and is a diagnosis that is characterized by impulsivity, hyperactivity and lack of ability to focus or pay attention. Up to 10% of individuals diagnosed with ADHD as a child will continue to carry the same attributes as an adult.

Those diagnosed with ADHD struggle in an academic or learning environment because of their inability to focus for long periods of time and their impulsivity and hyperactivity make it difficult to interact with others socially. Parents of those diagnosed with ADHD may also experience a great deal of stress in maneuvering through school systems, advocating for their child, and finding the best resources to meet their child’s needs.

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10 Ways to Deal With ADHD

Stimulants, antidepressants and mood stabilizers are just a few of the categories of medicine currently used to control the symptoms of ADHD. There are also behavioral factors that can be used to help manage ADHD symptoms. These include:

1. Diet – review dietary intake and remove foods with excess sugar that may be causing an increase in activity.

2. Positive Rewards for Good Behavior – reward good behavior by create an awards program.

3. Calming Discipline Techniques – being “reactive” to poor behavior only adds negative fuel to the equation. Try using more calming techniques such as time outs.

4. Establish a Set Routine – establishing a set schedule helps your child know what the daily expectations are. Many children do not perform well without structure to their day.

5. Recognizing Strengths – identifying your child’s strengths earlier will help you target activities and projects that your child is more likely to enjoy and excel in.

6. Goal Setting – set smaller more attainable goals to help your child positively reach them.

7. Decreased Distractions – minimize the amount of distractions for your child, particularly when it is time to do quieter activities such as homework.

8. Minimize Stimulation – it is difficult for anyone to concentrate when multiple media are turned on such as the television and electronic games. We have the power to turn off all of the things that overly stimulate us – or at least cut down our use of them.

9. Organizational Chart – create a work chart for school activities or projects. This helps your child stick to necessary tasks.

10. Ignore Outbursts – learn to not react to exaggerated outbursts that do not warrant your attention.

The factors listed above will hopefully help with your management of ADHD. Treatments that include goal setting for your child or medication prescribing should be initiated after a thorough discussion between you, your child, and physician. If you still have issues dealing with your children’s ADHD Schools as the next step.

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