How to Deal with a Child Who Has ADHD?
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Table of Contents:
How do you discipline a child with ADHD?
How do you calm a child with ADHD down?
What should you never say to a child with ADHD?
How does a child with ADHD behave?
What triggers ADHD behavior in children?
It is common for children to suffer from ADHD – but it is not a straightforward condition. The idea that your child has something atypical isn’t easy to accept. Children who sense their parents’ resentment – and their optimism about their future – are unlikely to develop the self-esteem and a can-do attitude that they will need to become happy, successful adults.
Taking the right ADHD medication can make a big difference in improving bad behavior in many children. There is no doubt that medication makes a difference, but discussing it as the only factor will leave the child feeling that good behavior is mostly due to their own efforts. If your child does something inappropriate, never threaten to increase their dosage.
The best way to discipline a child with ADHD is to define age-appropriate, attainable goals and then reward each small accomplishment until the behavior becomes routine. Your child will feel more successful when you reward positive behavior rather than punish negative behavior.
Help your child manage any symptoms they exhibit, no matter what they are. When your child grows into a well-adjusted young adult, you can help him or her to understand and control their attention and hyperactivity issues.
Providing structure and balance to your family life is the most important thing you can do for your ADHD child. Lack of balance can lead to extremes, which can escalate symptoms quickly. Conversely, ensuring your child sleeps enough, eats healthy foods, and enjoys stress-free play can help them feel more stable.
Refrain from reprimanding your child if you sense a meltdown is imminent. You should instead ask them what’s wrong and encourage them to express their feelings. It is important to acknowledge what they say and confirm that you understand their frustration. You can help your child feel calmer and more in control by simply showing them you’re on their side.
Your goal is to say things that will help and encourage your child. In some cases, however, you may make comments that have the opposite effect without even realizing it.
There is no excuse for ADHD, but ADHD can often explain why kids do or do not do certain things. ADHD impacts self-control. As a result, kids with ADHD often fail to take control of what they do or what happens to them. It’s one thing if your child does something bad on purpose. But if it isn’t, you are sending the message that whatever happened, it was your child’s fault.
While most people lose focus once in a while, kids with ADHD do it frequently. Avoid saying, “Everyone gets distracted sometimes.” It’s easy for them to get distracted—and it often results in problems at school, with friends, or at home. While you may want to make your child feel less alone, this comment can backfire because, unlike other kids, your child is often distracted.
When children are inattentive (easily distracted), they have difficulty paying attention, concentrating, and staying on task. Directions may not be well understood, important details may be missed, and things may not be completed. They may daydream or dawdle excessively. They may seem absentminded or forgetful and may lose track of their belongings. Hyperactivity and impulsiveness may accompany these behaviors.
Despite the fact that ADHD’s exact cause is unknown, research efforts continue. The environment, genetics, or problems with the central nervous system at key points in development may play a role in ADHD development. Risk factors include family history, exposure to environmental toxins, maternal drug or alcohol use, and premature birth.
Patients can receive treatment for ADHD at Pediatric Associates of Frisco, TX. We are conveniently located at 9191 Kyser Way, Suite 405, Frisco, TX 75033. For more information, please Call us or request an appointment online. We serve patients from Frisco TX, Little Elm TX, The Colony TX, McKinney TX, Prosper TX, Aubrey TX, Oak Point TX, Lakewood Village TX, Plano TX, and Dallas TX. We serve patients from Frisco TX, Little Elm TX, The Colony TX, McKinney TX, Prosper TX, Aubrey TX, Oak Point TX, Lakewood Village TX, Plano TX, and Dallas TX.
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