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Taking Care of a Child with ADHD

Children diagnosed to have Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) are extremely different from normal kids. These kids display various attitudes that parents and caregivers have difficulty keeping up with. Kids with ADHD have difficulty in focusing and following simple instructions and tasks. They are easily distracted with simple things which give them a hard time functioning well in society especially in school.

It is not easy to handle and to take care of a child diagnosed to have Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder. Everyday parents struggle to maintain their cool and extend their patience to the maximum in doing parent duties to their child. But if parents have a hard time, the more there child is. These children need all the love and support and the best persons to give him that is you.

Yes, taking care of a child with ADHD is hard, but with the love you have for your child, you surely can successfully take good care of him. Here are the ways on how to take care of a child with ADHD:

  • Accept your child. Never do self pity, instead make your child feel that he is accepted and well loved in the family just like his other siblings. Making them feel that they are no different from others will help them function well little by little.
  • If you are not available to take care of your child, make sure that the caregiver knows the condition of your child. Sometimes, they can become very impatient and scold your child when they are not behaving appropriately which can aggravate the child to become angry and disappointed.
  • Be firm and structured especially when giving instructions. These types of children rely much on you especially when it comes to doing what is right and wrong. Make sure that you have clearly stated what is right from wrong because that is what they would follow. Just make sure that you have instructed the rules to them in a simple manner so that they can well understand it.
  • Always give compliments and rewards if they have done something good. Even a hug for being behaved while in church will make them feel good and they will desire to be well behaved the next time.
  • When making assignments from school, tell your child your child that you need to finish it for the night and after that he can rest. Tell your child that there won’t be any other activity until his assignment is done. They can be impulsive once you have not set rules, so be firm as much as possible.
  • When you are not happy with how he behaved, tell them. In this way they can understand that what they did was wrong and in turn they will not do it again.
  • Make sure that your child knows the consequence of his actions. For example if he will destroy the toys of his siblings, his siblings will be sad and cry. When they do not want the consequence of their actions, then there is a big chance that the child with ADHD won’t do such actions.
  • Seek professional help. It is not just the child who needs to go the doctor, you should too. You need to have professional advice especially when you have a child with ADHD. What you think is good may not be medically recommended, so it is always best to ask from the experts.
  • Join support groups. Being a parent with ADHD is hard because of their special needs. Having people around you who knows what you are going through will give you the confidence and assurance that you can also be a successful parent to a child with ADHD.

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School Success for Kids with ADHD

Parents want nothing but the best for their children. This applies to all children, normal or not. ADHD is a medical condition that has affected a certain percentage of children all over the world, and parents cannot deny the fact that even if their child suffers from this kind of disorder, they have to go through life like normal kids do. Like normal and healthy kids, children with ADHD should also undergo different activities in life like childhood and schooling.

Some parents are challenged when it comes to the success of their child with ADHD especially in school. The first thing they think about is what other people would say to their child, and what his or her classmates would tell them. But these things should not let parent’s hopes down because with the proper support and love, your child could also succeed in school.

It Begins with the Parents

When dealing with a child with ADHD, his or her success is highly dependent on what their parents give them. If you are one of those parents who has a child with ADHD, the first thing you should do is not to make your child feel that he is different from other children. Instead, you should continually encourage him that with enough effort, he could be very successful in school. You should also be able to communicate the situation properly with school personnel, especially their teachers so that they could adjust to the behaviors of your child accordingly.

Preparing the Child to be Successful in School

For children with ADHD, the environment in the classroom could feel different for him, and this could be a very difficult challenge for his overall personality as well. This is because some of the needed qualities of students in order to succeed are the ones that they cannot perform very well like concentrating, listening to their teachers quietly, and sitting still. In addition, they are required to do these things for the entire duration of their classes everyday.

The role of the parents is very vital in situations like these. They should be able to come up with effective strategies for their children to succeed in school like communicating with their teachers and patiently teaching them after every class.

When it comes to home works, parents should be extra patient in teaching their child. Expect that your child will create different distractions which you would feel is intentional when the truth is they are not. You have to understand that children with ADHD are also eager to learn, but these involuntary movements are their weakness and they should be properly addressed by their parents.

Finally, parents as well as teachers of children with ADHD should understand that those excessive movements that they show are not intentionally done to distract them from learning but for some ADHD children, this could be their way of effectively absorbing the lessons that the school teaches them. They should treat children with ADHD special when it comes to these instances and should have the patience to let these children learn their own way.




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Taking Advantage of Home Environment to Manage ADHD for Kids

Children typically are always energetic. They seem to be always on the go, playing all the time and can’t stay put long enough. They act spontaneously and have a zest for life that only children can understand. They do not tire easily and they have tremendous energy levels that could last them the whole day. This is how children are and they act this way at home and in school. In most cases, adults need to keep up with their children who are obviously more active than them. When does this behavior become too much? Is it possible that something is not right for children who play too much? Is it alright if children have very short attention spans? Is it normal for children to be hyperactive and easily distracted?

An evaluation for ADHD or attention deficit hyperactivity disorder may be the answer to all these questions. ADHD by definition is a behavioral disorder characterized by unusual impulsiveness and hyperactivity. This behavioral condition is also characterized by inattentiveness and short attention spans. ADHD is about 3 times more common in males than in females and approximately 8% to 10% of the school-aged children in the United States of America are diagnosed with this condition.  Children with ADHD are observed for symptoms that indicates hyperactivity and impulsiveness. These symptoms include excessive talkativeness, always interrupts, runs or climbs inappropriately, can’t stay seated, can’t play quietly and very fidgety. These children also exhibit symptoms of inattentiveness which include difficulty following instructions, difficulty planning tasks, losing important things, being easily distracted, being disorganized and being forgetful. Usually these symptoms should occur regularly and last at least 6 months in order to diagnose ADHD in children. The cause of this condition is multi-factorial; it is a combination of physiologic, psychologic, genetic and environmental factors. Certain brain chemicals might be deficient or in excess for these children, exposure to toxins such as smoke, lead and other harmful substances during fetal development may also contribute to this condition.

ADHD is treated with prescription medications that improve the child’s concentration and attention as well as minimize his hyperactive and impulsive behavior. The doctor prescribes these medications once a positive diagnosis of ADHD has been made. Taking medications is not the only method of managing ADHD in children; home environment is also a very effective tool in addressing this condition. In order to take advantage of the benefits of a healthy home environment fit for a child with ADHD, parents and care takers can use these guidelines. First is to make a simple schedule of activities, plotting specific times for playing, eating, sleeping, and doing homework. Second is to make simple house rules. The child must be constantly reminded about them and positive reinforcement is rewarded if the rules are followed. Third is to have the child under your watchful supervision at all times, especially during social interactions with other children since they tend to be socially weak. Last tip is to make sure to give more importance on the effort exerted by the child not instant results, helping a child with ADHD is a slow and gradual process, patience is essential.

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Summer Babies Are More Likely To Have ADHD

Around the world, approximately 4 babies are born every second. The birth of babies happens all year round, it occurs at any given place, time and season. Some babies are born in spring, others in autumn or winter, and some are born during the summer. In the United States of America, summer season starts early to mid June and lasts up to late August or early September, this places summer from June up until September in the calendar. Summer is known to be the warmest time among the 4 seasons; it follows spring and precedes autumn and commonly, during this time, universities and schools have summer breaks for students to enjoy the warm weather and have a well deserved rest and relaxation. Babies who are born from June to September are called summer babies. These babies are believed to be different from other babies, some studies suggests that summer babies tend to grow taller and bigger compared to those who aren’t, others also believe that these babies are more likely to have ADHD. Are these all true or are they baseless claims?

A new study to be published in the upcoming issue of the Journal of Health Economics, led by Dr. Melinda Morrill of the North Carolina State University, believes that summer babies are not likely to have ADHD. The claim that these babies are highly prone to the disorder is untrue. This study was able to observe how the misdiagnosis of ADHD took place. When a child starts kindergarten, around the age of 4, the cut-off birthday would be on September during the same year, summer babies who are born form June, July and August, tend to be younger when they enter school. They could be a few days, weeks or even months behind in terms of age; this is why teachers and even some adults misinterpret the child’s behavior and attitude as a manifestation of ADHD, instead of considering it to be a normal occurrence and closely related to their maturity level. How adults and teachers perceive the child’s behavior is the main reason, why confusion takes place. Attention Deficit Hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) is a developmental and neurobehavioral disease which is characterized by hyperactivity and attention problems.  ADHD is correctly diagnosed using a thorough psychiatric evaluation, a criteria is used to support the diagnosis. Other diagnostic procedures such as physical examination, laboratory tests and various imaging processes can also be done.

The statement that babies born in the summer are more prone to having Attention Deficit Hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) is not true. This false claim was brought about by the misinterpretation and misdiagnosis of the adults in school. They over looked the fact that summer babies are generally younger compared to the non-summer ones, and because of this, they mistook age appropriate behavior and personality as a symptom of attention deficit hyperactivity disorder. Now that we know where the error is, it would be everyone’s best interest to have everything straightened out and demonstrate the facts for what it really is.

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