Attention-Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD)

September 28, 2015

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ADHD is one of the most common childhood brain disorders. This disorder can continue throughout a person’s adolescence and into adulthood.  Currently, there are no known cures for this disorder. Treatments are available so children can be successful in school and live a normal life. ADHD can affect people of every age, culture, gender, religion and background.

Some symptoms that might indicate a person has ADHD include:

Inattention: Hyperactivity: Impulsivity:
  • Easily distracted
  • Miss details
  • Forget things
  • Difficulty focusing
  • Easily board
  • Often loose things
  • Struggle to follow instruction

 

  • Fidget and squirm
  • Talk nonstop
  • Touching/playing with everything in sight
  • Trouble sitting still
  • Constantly in motion
  • Inability to do quiet tasks or activities

 

  • Very impatient
  • Blurt out inappropriate comments
  • Show emotion without restraint
  • Act without regard for consequence
  • Difficulty waiting their turn
  • Often interrupt conversations

Your Child has Attention-Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder – What can you do about it?

  • Be Honest with your Child about ADHD
    • Reassure your child that ADHD is not their fault – in fact no one is to blame. Tell them that it is a brain disorder that may cause your child to have trouble concentrating, completing tasks, or making plans. Be honest and true with your child and try not to ‘sugar coat’ the issue.
  • Do Not expect consistency
    • Children with ADHD may not have the ability to be consistent with day to day activities.
  • Do not let ADHD become an excuse for misbehaviour
    • The task may be more difficult, but children still need to learn to take responsibility for their actions.
  • Be consistent with consequences
    • For children with ADHD, it helps to have both verbal and written rules and responsibilities. Parents must stay calm and be clear about consequences and requests. Follow through with the consequence if present.
  • Help your child find his or her own strengths and encourage their success’s.
    • Learn to focus on the positive aspects of life.
  • Let your child become independent.
    • As parents, we want to protect our babies from the world. However, children with ADHD and without need to learn how to be independent and solve problems on their own.