Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) is a neurobehavioral disorder mostly occurring in children, where they show symptoms of restlessness, impulsivity and anti social behavior. Although some adults are also diagnosed of ADHD, it is more commonly diagnosed in school-aged children. These children are not able to pay proper attention even in simple tasks at home or at school, which results in hyperactivity and poor performance at school. If your child has been diagnosed with ADHD, there are a number of steps which you can take to help your child cope with this problem.
Don’t Panic: First and foremost, don’t panic over your child’s new diagnosis. ADHD is not some debilitating, unmanageable disease that will control your child for the rest of their life – in fact, many highly productive and successful people have ADHD.
If anything, your child’s diagnosis of ADHD is a good thing because now you know what your child is really dealing with and you can begin taking the steps to teach him or her how to better manage their ADHD symptoms.
Ask For Coaching & Counseling: The next step you can take to help your child suffering from ADHD is to get counseling. Children with minor cases of ADHD often find counseling sessions to be very helpful and are able to deal with their symptoms to quite an extent with the help of counseling. Ask your doctor or your child’s school for recommendations of where to find resources in your area for counseling.
Be sure to seek coaching and counseling for yourself as well. As parents teaching our children how to better manage their ADHD symptoms, we have just as much (if not more) to learn about ADHD. While there’s no shortage of information to be found online, also consider that most schools and even local churches often have support groups where many anecdotal best practices can be shared between. Talk with your child’s doctor, his or her teacher or a PTA member is a good place to start if you’re looking for local support.
Watch The Diet: Another important element that should be monitored is the diet of your child. Make sure your child eats three proper meals a day with a good amount of carbohydrates and protein. Foods rich in protein help keep your child alert, whereas food containing high sugar levels should be eliminated from the diet. This will help you to control the hyperactivity symptoms in your child.
You should also ensure that your child does not have low magnesium, zinc and iron levels as low levels can aggravate ADHD symptoms. For this reason, include green vegetables and red meat to your child’s diet as these will help boost zinc, iron and magnesium levels.
Find Concentration Building Activities: Exercising is one way to reduce the effects of ADHD, calming the body and mind of the child. The child can also indulge in activities like dancing, gymnastics, acrobats or swimming. The amount of concentration required by activities like these is obviously beneficial for children with ADHD.
Regulate Sleep Habits: Don’t underestimate the power of a regular sleep schedule for your child with ADHD. Proper amount of sleep and regular bedtime routines are a key factor in controlling ADHD problems. Ensure that your child gets to bed on time and sleeps for a good amount of time. In order to make this happen, any activities which can make the child frenzied and stressed, such as video games, should be eliminated in the evening and allow your child to have a winding down time before bedtime.
Consider ADHD Medication: Here’s the biggie. When do we start ADHD medication? How much ADHD medication should we take? What will these medications do to my child? All are legitimate questions and valid concerns that you should discuss with your child’s doctor.
But know that medication is recommended for those children who exhibit severe symptoms of ADHD or for those who do not respond well to counseling or environmental changes.
Before you begin a medication regime for your child, it is important to remember that all children will respond differently. Even though some children might show immense improvement, others might display little or no progress at all with the same medicines. Therefore, make sure that your child’s doctor closely monitors your child while taking ADHD medication. If your child shows no improvement, then discussion with your child’s doctor if the therapy should be altered or discontinued based on your child’s individual needs.
Each and every child is special in themselves, so the exact plan that will best help you manage their ADHD symptoms will be different for each one. And that plan can be discovered by working closely with your child’s physician and teachers. It may take a little extra time (and whole lot of patience), but a solution is much closer than you may feel at this moment.
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