If you have a child with ADHD, you will already know that it is nothing like raising a child without ADHD. But the good news is that there is so much information available out there to help you. ADHD is now more widely accepted, so there are lots of ways you can help your child to deal with this disorder.
The brain workup of a child with ADHD is different from one without, so it is important that you go through all the steps in order to understand how to properly parent a child with ADHD. In addition to this, there are even attention deficit hyperactivity disorder specialists that can help provide personal ways you can help your child.
So have a read on below at some of the ways you can help your child if they have ADHD:
Break Tasks Down
It can all get a bit overwhelming for us at the best of times, and it can get even worse for a child with ADHD. Therefore it is vital that you work with them to break down all the tasks that they have to do into more manageable sizes. There is a lot that goes on in the day, but this tactic will help simplify things for them
For example, you could colour code the weekly chores on a big calendar, so they know which chore they need to complete on what day. This can also be done for other important things your child tackles on a day-to-day basis, like homework. If they can see what they have to do is manageable, they are more likely to get on with it.
Distractions can be a really big issue for those children with ADHD, so it is important that whenever you need your child to concentrate you minimise the distractions as much as possible. This will help them get the task done more efficiently and probably at a higher quality.
Things like phones, video games and the TV needs to be turned off and put away. You should also look to minimize the amount of time your child spends on devices/screens when they are at home. Instead opt for engaging activities indoors like cooking or a puzzle, or outdoor activities like playing tag with friends or backyard cricket.
Find a Specialist
There are a number of attention deficit hyperactivity disorder specialists out there that can help you and your child deal with the issues that arise with ADHD. A specialist will help develop a personalised plan that you and your child can follow to try and help them through their day-to-day tasks.
It also gives you someone to talk to who is an expert and not only knows how to properly deal with ADHD but also knows about your individual situation. Sometimes it is just important to talk about things and bounce ideas as well as strategies between people.
Your child has a lot of energy and that energy needs to be burnt off through exercise. Now, this doesn’t mean a 10 km road run is on the cards, instead look for interesting ways you can engage your child through exercise.
It could even be a good idea to get them involved in weekend sport, as that helps them feel a part of a team, while also giving them the exercise they need. You never know, it could help them find something that they are passionate about and provides them with a passion and something that they can work towards, like honing in on a new skill.