ADHD can lead to problems at home and school and affect your child’s ability to learn and get along with others.
It’s normal for children to occasionally forget their homework, daydream during class, act without thinking, or get fidgety at the dinner table. But inattention, impulsivity, and hyperactivity are also signs of attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD). The signs and symptoms of ADHD typically appear before the age of seven. However, it can be difficult to distinguish between attention deficit disorder and normal “kid behavior.”
Parental Guide : –
Before an accurate diagnosis of ADHD can be made, it is important that you see a mental health professional to explore and rule out the following possibilities:
#Learning disabilities or problems with reading, writing, motor skills, or language.
#Major life events or traumatic experiences (e.g. a recent move, the death of a loved one, bullying, divorce).
#Psychological disorders including anxiety, depression, and bipolar disorder.
#Behavioral disorders such as conduct disorder and oppositional defiant disorder.
#Medical conditions, including thyroid problems, neurological conditions, epilepsy, and sleep disorders.
Most parents are good parents. But if your son or daughter has attention deficit disorder (ADHD), “good” may not be enough. Fortunately, it’s easier than you might imagine going from good to great. All it takes is a few small adjustments in your strategies for parenting a child with ADHD and the way you interact with your child. Do your best to love your child unconditionally. Treat him as if he were already the person you would like him to be. That will help him become that person.
For a child to feel accepted and supported, he needs to feel that his parents have confidence in his abilities. Once parents learn to look at the gifts of ADHD — things like exceptional energy, creativity, and interpersonal skills — they can see the shine inside their child.
Often, the best way to discipline a child with ADHD is via a simple program of behavior modification: Define age-appropriate, attainable goals and then systematically reward each small achievement until the behavior becomes routine.
No matter how frustrating your child’s behavior, never call him “lazy,” “hyper,” “spacey,” or anything else that might be hurtful. And stop yourself if you start to say something like “You’re such a slob — why can’t you keep your room clean?” or “What’s wrong with you? If I’ve told you once, I’ve told you a thousand times…
Natural remedies for ADHD : –
- Exercise– Make sure your child spends at least 30 minutes per day doing highly active exercise. Bike riding, swimming, swinging and kicking a ball in the backyard are some exercises that most children enjoy.
- Yoga– Like exercise, yoga also benefit people who have ADHD. The physical postures (asanas), breathing exercises (pranayama) and deep relaxation techniques used in yoga help calm and strengthen the central nervous system. Yoga also helps children relax and learn discipline, which in turn helps manage ADHD symptoms.
- Diet and Nutrition– Diet plays a key role in managing the symptoms of ADHD. Both the body and brain require different types of nutrients to function properly. Through a well-balanced diet, you can improve memory, sharpen reflexes and enjoy a better attention span.