Because ADHD in children touches nearly all areas of their life it can feel hopeless. BUT, there are things that parents can do to help their child cope with ADHD symptoms. Here are some basics.
- Set clear expectations and boundaries. Focus on your child’s strengths and what you can do to help them achieve more.
- Talk about it. Help your child understand that there is nothing “wrong” with them. Listen to how your child experiences issues without judgement.
- Spend time together. Spending time with your child will help reinforce strengths and boost their self-esteem.
- Physical activity. Ensuring that your child has adequate access to exercise can help keep your child’s active mind stimulated and break up parts of the day that aren’t as exciting for them.
- Learn about ADHD in children. Did you know that ADHD is considered a neurodivergent disorder? This means that ADHDers’ brains process information in a different manner than neurotypical folks.
- Find support and help. Seek out resources in your community such as parenting groups, child support groups, and mental health therapy.
- Communicate with teachers. Don’t wait to learn about your child’s performance. Talk about what’s working and what’s not.
- Know your child’s rights. Children with an ADHD diagnosis can receive specialized education plans and accommodations from their school. Express your concerns to your child’s teacher and or administration.
- Keep records. Make sure that you keep notes of conversations, meetings, and emails that you have with your child’s school. Did you know that many school systems (like Knox County Schools) has a parent liaison that can help guide with this process?
- Stay the course! Sometimes it can be slow-going or seem impossible but don’t give up! Your persistence and care for your child will often get your child the help they need and deserve.
While ADHD in children may be seen as confusing and challenging, ADHDers have many strengths and admirable attributes including, creativity, communicating their passion, high levels of empathy and more. There are many things that you can do to support your child to live a full and complete life.
One of the best interventions for any child is therapy. Therapy can improve a child’s mental health and reduce problems at home and school.
At Mixon Therapy, we treat children with a variety of behavioral, cognitive, and emotional issues from early childhood through emerging adulthood.