If your child has ADHD, you have probably experienced the temper tantrums, chaos, impulsive behavior and frustration that are symptomatic of the disorder. Parenting children with ADHD can be both challenging and exasperating. The challenge is to help your child stay focused, get organized, and feel competent at home and in the classroom. The exasperation sets in when you realize that coping with ADHD is difficult, and that your patience will be tested daily as you try to help your child accomplish those goals.
An Outsiders’ Perspective…
ADHD can be puzzling to the uninformed onlooker. Your child looks “normal.” He doesn’t have an obvious physical impairment, or recognizable disability. He speaks, sees, hears, runs, plays, jumps, and interacts with others. ADHD presents itself through objectionable or inappropriate conduct. Children with ADHD have problems with self-control, impulsivity, and the inability to remain focused, which can lead to ongoing difficulties at home, in school and in social settings.
When your child has a meltdown in the grocery store, invades someone else’s space in a doctor’s office, or chatters incessantly as he kicks the seat in front of him in a movie theater, you train yourself not to make eye contact the person glaring at you, wondering why you don’t do something to rein in his behavior. What they don’t understand is that it isn’t as easy as it seems.
ADHD Signs and Symptoms
Identifying true ADHD symptoms in children can be problematic for parents who may think their child is merely more active or high strung than other children. Since every child is different, and some are more active, moodier or more impulsive than others, symptoms are often perceived as normal “kid behavior”. There are some factors to consider when assessing your child and determining whether a health professional should be consulted.
If you notice a few symptoms every now and then, such as inattention to detail, daydreaming, lack of focus, fidgeting, or just being “hyper”, it’s probably not ADHD. When detecting ADHD symptoms in children, it is important to remember that ADHD symptoms will be consistent, ongoing, and will occur at home, in school, out in public or on the playground. In other words, children with ADHD cannot pick and choose when their symptoms occur, nor can they control the symptoms without intervention and support from parents, teachers and healthcare professionals.
Parenting children with ADHD requires knowledge about the disorder, and advice from a healthcare provider who specializes in treating children with ADHD. Coaching parents as they learn proper techniques for coping with ADHD is an imperative component when trying to teach kids something new and different. The following tips may help create a more harmonious atmosphere in your home, and help you eliminate some of the chaos connected with ADHD symptoms in children.
Organize, Organize, Organize!
Clutter creates chaos. Eliminate morning fiascos, homework frenzy, bath time bedlam, and bedtime meltdowns with a plan to get and stay organized. Your child will be thankful for your help.
Pack backpacks and lunches the night before and have them ready to be picked up on the way out the door in the morning. A frantic search for last night’s math homework will get the day off to a terrible start and assure a bad experience at school.
A Happy Kid Will Breeze Through Homework
When your child gets home in the afternoon, allow some time to unwind and burn off some energy. Encourage outdoor play, take a walk, go to the park, or have a silly jumping jack contest or game of hide and seek in the house if it’s raining. Laugh, tickle, dance, or do whatever it takes to get a smile and a positive attitude. Talk about the day, and praise any accomplishments. Your child will be more likely to settle in to do homework if he gets a chance to play first. Check his homework assignment sheet and be sure to supervise closely to assure all assignments are completed. Your guidance will make tomorrow a better day.
Ah… Bath time!
Allow time to unwind in the evening and encourage relaxation and preparation for bed. Remind your child to gather his pajamas, underwear, towel and whatever else he associates with bath time before he takes his clothes off and gets in the tub. Remember, you are trying to give him the tools he needs to cope with his ADHD. You may have to repeat the instructions and offer lots of encouragement and praise every day. It will all be worth it in the long run.
When The Day is Done
End the day on a positive note. Make bedtime a peaceful, reassuring time of the day. Tell your child you are proud of him, read him a story, or talk about things that are important to him. Help him tidy up his room and pick Give him the confidence he needs to wake up in the morning feeling good about himself, and ready to take on the day. Implementing these techniques will help families coping with ADHD live together harmoniously in a loving, supportive environment.
C8 Sciences ACTIVATE™ Program
There is one more thing you can do if you are parenting children with ADHD. C8 Sciences’ home edition of the ACTIVATE™ program is a state of the art cross-training program for kids and their parents. ACTIVATE™ combines cognitive brain training games and activities with physical exercise. The program is challenging, engaging, and fun! ACTIVATE™ can be customized to meet your child’s needs, and has been proven to increase confidence and self-esteem.
ACTIVATE™ is affordable, easy to set up and navigate, and can be used on your electronic device or home computer.
Kids love the characters they meet on the screen, and the graphics look just like video games that are familiar to them. The games can be fine-tuned using your child’s favorite things as a basis for the lessons.
If your child utilizes the ACTIVATE™ program, you will see improvements in concentration, completing activities and tasks, and following directions. Parenting children with ADHD doesn’t have to be stressful or looked at with disappointment and frustration. Utilize the tips mentioned above, and sign up for C8 Sciences ACTIVATE™ program’s home edition.