During childhood, most ADHD sufferers struggle academically, behaviorally, and relationally across many areas of their lives. For these reasons, it is important to help your child navigate their struggle with ADHD when they are as young as possible.
Parents have an important role when helping their children cope with ADHD symptoms. Many parents of children with ADHD are surprised to find that they are the key to supporting their child with ADHD.
By learning effective parenting skills, developing good parent and child relationships, and setting goals for your child, he or she can become successful in academics, learn better behavior, and build stronger relationships.
Therapy can be beneficial to parents of children with ADHD because it can teach you effective parenting skills, build those parent and child relationships, and help you learn to set goals for your child’s school success.
Here are some of the steps that you can implement at home to support your child:
1. Goal setting and charting behavior.
Coming up with family goals and charting the child’s behaviors helps to set expectations and helps to determine if the goals are being met or needs to be adjusted so that the child can feel successful. Visual charting can help the children feel accomplished and can help them to feel like they are making headway with their hardships that they experience with ADHD.
Being consistent is one of the most important keys to helping your child with ADHD. Most children with ADHD have problems regulating their behavior. Consistency helps with regulating and over time helps to correct behavior problems.
3. Establishment of rules in the home.
Establishing rules in the house helps the child to know what to expect. Since children with ADHD have a hard time regulating their impulsive or risky behavior, the rules help them feel more secure with their environment because the rules are there to keep them safe and will set the expectations of what will happen if the rules are broken.
4. Being specific and breaking down tasks.
Most children with ADHD have racing thoughts and have a hard time focusing on tasks because they have difficulty concentrating. By breaking down tasks, children have an easier time keeping on topic and finishing a project, which will lead to feelings of success and accomplishment.
Lisa Nail – Counselor
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