Thursday, March 28, 2013

How To Cope When Your Child Is Diagnosed With ADHD

Q: My child was recently diagnosed with ADHD, what can I do as a parent to help? 

A: Attention Deficit and Hyperactivity Disorder is a mental disorder. More children today are being diagnosed than adults. Symptoms include unable to focus, excessive talking, very hyper, in some children encopresis ( voluntary and involuntary passing of stool), and there are many other symptoms. As a parent with a ADHD child times can become very overwhelming, you feel you want to help but not sure how. A child with ADHD experience problems in school, low self esteem, feeling of frustration and anger. From personal experience, my oldest son was diagnosed with ADHD at 7 years old. As a parent I felt confused, guilty, and relieved all at the same time. I did finally had the answers to why my son was acting so aggressively towards others, having trouble in school, and constantly seeking attention. I noticed his symptoms since age 3. Treatment for ADHD include therapy and medication depending on the type of ADHD. Children can be diagnosed with just attention deficit problems, just hyperactivity problems or combined. My child was diagnosed with combined, which can be very difficult to handle. If you decide to use medication as the treatment for your child, be sure to research the medication and monitor your child. Here are a few of my personal tips I found successful when helping a child with ADHD.

Repetition is very important. Because ADHD is mental, which cause the mind to work overtime can them to think of multiple things at once, ADHD children can be very forgetful even if you just told them something a minute before. You must constantly repeat things over until they remember and start to focus.  

Encourage and praise your child for accomplishments. Most ADHD kids start to feel worthless and different because of their disability. They try and try very hard to focus but sometimes they just can't, which makes them very frustrated. Encouraging your child gives them hope and can brighten their day.

Stay on top of your child's treatment. To help your child's treatment. To help your child's school and social development your child's treatment is everything. Whether you choose medication, therapy, or both always keep the appointments, you will soon see major improvements.

Communicate with your child's school and teachers. Your child's school officials will be able to help your child's education tremendously. Cooperation from both the parent and school officials will greatly improve your child's education and self esteem.

Communicate with your child. Talking to you child will help you get a better understanding of your child and what they may be going through mentally. It can also give you the questions you can ask to your child's health care provider.

I hope these tips may help you better understand your child and the ways to help your child. If you have any other questions you want me to answer feel free to leave them in the comments. Thanks and God Bless.

Resources

In this section I leave three of the best ADHD books I found for further assistance. They are sold at Amazon.com, I also left the link to where you can purchase the books. The bonus book is my book I wrote myself along with the link. God Bless.

Book 1: Parenting Children with ADHD: Lessons that Medicine Cannot Teach by Vincent J. Monastra (5 star rating)
Parenting Children with ADHD: 10 Lessons That Medicine Cannot Teach (APA Lifetools)

Book 2: The ADHD Workbook for Kids: Helping Children Gain Self Confidence, Social Skills, and Self Control by Lawrence E. Shapiro (4 and a half star rating)
The ADHD Workbook for Kids: Helping Children Gain Self-Confidence, Social Skills, and Self-Control (Instant Help)

Book 3: Taking Charge of ADHD: The Complete, Authorative Guide for Parents by Russell A. Barkley PHD (4 star rating)
Taking Charge of ADHD: The Complete, Authoritative Guide for Parents (Revised Edition)

Bonus Book: Be Happy, God Made Us Different by Leona Lawrence
Be Happy, God Made Us Different