Parenting Children With ADHD
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Parenting Children With ADHD

Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder is the full name for ADHD. What does it mean? It means that some of the chemicals your child produces in his or her brain are a little out of balance. It means your child is a little more hyper than his or her peers. This article will explain and offer tips on coping.

ADHD has many or few symptoms, depending on the severity of the imbalance. A child with minor ADHD will have a little trouble focusing in class. You may need to ask them two or three times to complete a task, and they may lose interest after 10 minutes or so.

A child with moderate ADHD is on the go a lot. They rarely sit still. You may have a little trouble disciplining children with moderate ADHD. They can’t help it. They are slightly impulsive and tend to take action before they think about what they are doing. They may need several reminders, and directions may need to be repeated a couple of times.

A child with severe ADHD is close to what any parent would call out of control. The severe case child has a much harder time completing daily tasks than his or her peers do. They cannot sit still. They are constantly in a super fast pace and tend to be very outgoing about it. The child with severe ADHD needs the most guidance and direction to stay on track behaviorally, and in school. Parents with severe case ADHD children need to keep in close contact with the school, and their family doctor to ensure the child is being treated properly for the disorder.

Have I ever had an ADHD child myself? Yes. It’s a challenge, to say the least. Here are some tips and suggestions that will help make life a little easier…

1. Follow a consistent routine. The very best piece of advice I can give you about raising an ADHD child is that they do much better when they know just what to do. When things are the same every morning getting ready for school you will have less trouble getting your child to cooperate. When things are the same each and every day when your child gets home from school they will be more likely to do their homework with a fight, and will remain calmer than they would if each morning and afternoon were spontaneous.

2. Be patient. It takes a lot of patience to cope some times. If you understand that it’s the ADHD acting and it truly is not your child’s fault patience will come. When all patience fails walk away. Don’t scold your child for things that they can’t control. Repeat things calmly and try not to get too frustrated.

 3. Work with your doctor. Moderate to severe ADHD requires medication. If your child has the symptoms but has not been diagnosed by the school or your doctor then you are missing out on treatment options that are available to you.

4. Have your child diagnosed. The school your child attends will recommend an assessment if they notice moderate to severe ADHD symptoms. Follow through with it, and see how the results turn out. Once the assessment has been made a diagnosis can be made by your doctor and medication can become an option.

5. With the help of your child’s school and doctor consider using an ADHD medication to help control your child’s ADHD symptoms. The medication can help your child to focus, and pay attention. It can greatly reduce hyper-ness. It can reduce behavior problems due to compulsiveness.

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