Parenting tips for ADHD:
what you can do to manage your child’s behavior.
1. Make a schedule for your child.
Children with ADHD need routine. Every child needs structure, and a child with attention deficit needs even more.
A lot of well-intentioned parents enthusiastically start out to establish the structure their children need. But yet many throw in the towel after a few weeks because the routines are not working — my child doesn’t listen, doesn’t want to go along with it. We have had a battle every day since early morning. It’s so hard!
You mustn’t give up it soon. If you want to make structure truly effective, routines need to be seen not just as simple behavioral strategies, but as a way of life.
Routines affect ADHD-child’s life positively: in terms of behavior, they help improve efficiency and daily functioning. Routines make daily activities manageable, allowing your child to focus on one thing at a time. At the same time, parents and children experience decreased stress when there’s less drama about what time you’ll eat dinner and where you’ll settle down to do homework. A schedule will help your child build a homework habit. By the way, your child is more likely to apply herself to homework when he knows that fun activity, such as playing a game or watching TV, will follow.
Many children with ADHD fight bedtime because, quite simply, going to bed is boring to them. Children with regular bedtime routines get to sleep sooner and awaken less often during the night than those without them.
Try to get your child into bed at the same time each evening.
2. Break tasks into manageable pieces.
This tip will help your child avoid stress. You can use a large wall calendar to help remind a child of their duties. Color coding homework can keep your child from becoming overwhelmed with everyday tasks and school assignments. Even morning routines should be broken down into discrete tasks.
3. Limit distractions.
As we know children with ADHD welcome easily accessible distractions. Television, phone, computer and etc. encourage impulsive behavior. Of course, it should be regulated. Parents need to decrease time with electronics and increasing time doing engaging activities outside the home. By the way, even other members of family or pets may distract your child’s attention. You need to explain it to others and limit distractions as far as you can.
4. Go in for sport.
Why is it so important?
Because physical activity helps a child focus his attention, improve concentration, burns excess energy in healthy ways.
By the way, physical activity may decrease impulsivity.
Exercise may also decrease the risk for depression and anxiety, they stimulate the brain in healthy ways.
A healthy body makes a healthy spirit.
5. Encourage out-loud thinking.
Most children with ADHD are hyperactive, they can lack self-control very often. As a rule, they speak and act before thinking, they say or do something without thinking it through. Getting them to pause and say out loud what they are thinking is important and can have several benefits. Ask your child to verbalize their thoughts and reasoning when the urge to act out arises. You can understand your child’s thought process in order to help him or her curb impulsive behaviors. By the way, it can also give the child time to consider their thought, and whether or not to act on them.
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Anastasiya Kuzniatsova M.D., Child Neurologist