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Juvenile ADHD: What You can Do to Help

By Edited Oct 27, 2013 0 0

A neuro-behavioral developmental disorder, Attention-Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) affects about 3-5% of the world's population under the age of 19. In the United States alone, 65% are burdened with defiance and non-compliance problems like tantrums and verbal hostility. These effects are often considered as offshoots of an emotional development rate that is at least 30% slower compared to their peers. Combined with the inability to concentrate and slow emotional development, most kids who have ADHD also suffer from studying problems and difficulties in interpersonal interactions.

Symptoms of ADHD in Children

Since symptoms of ADHD vary and their causes are not clear, doctors usually hold off diagnosing ADHD in children until they exhibit the following symptoms with greater intensity compared to what is normal for their age:

  1. Inattention. Children with ADHD find it difficult to concentrate on one activity at a time or forget easily even when just told of something.

  1. Hyperactivity. ADHD-affected children are often in constant motion even when they seem to be just sitting. Squirming, fidgeting, playing with things at reach, and running around are common manifestations.

  1. Impulsivity. When a child with ADHD is struck with an idea, he immediately acts on it without thinking of consequences. As a result, most ADHD children are accident-prone and susceptible to tantrums if they do not get their way.

If you suspect that your child has ADHD or has been knowingly diagnosed with the condition, do not be anxious. With your help and guidance, he is perfectly capable of living a full life.

Helping Children with ADHD Cope

Some children who have ADHD grow up believing that they are just dumb or aren't cut out to be good at anything. Affordable ADHD medications from an online discount pharmacy can certainly help your child but there is more to be done if you want him to reach his full potential. Prevent your child from reaching the same "dumb" conclusions by providing him the support he needs.

  1. Influence your child with positivity.

    Parenting ADHD children can be stressful, frustrating, and overwhelming but do not take it out on the child. Keep in mind that it is possible to raise a healthy and happy kid through ADHD. With your help, you child can have an easier time off ADHD and even learn a lot from the experience.

  1. Be consistent in setting up and implementing rules.

    Changing rules frequently or implementing them inconsistently can make it more difficult for for your child to stay on track. Coordinate with your spouse, partner, and your child's teacher about the kind of rules to implement. Be sure that all involved parties are clear on the rules and how they should be implemented.

  1. Establish routines at home and school.

    Establish a bedtime routine, a morning routine, a weekend routine, and other routines that can make your day and that of your child's easier. Do not let up on the routine but help your child adjust or grow into it.

  1. Give your child a set of responsibilities at home.

    Assign your child to do simple, uncomplicated chores that he can easily master and finish. Give him the task of making his bed or putting away his toys. Assign him to fold and put away his clothes. Simplify the tasks and teach him how to do and complete them properly.

  1. Choose when to give punishments.
While it is important to correct mistakes, pick your battles carefully. If your child forgets an unimportant item, let it go. As long as the core values and beliefs you have and want to ingrain in your child are being honored, it is alright.

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