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Coping with ADHD

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It has been found that a combination of drug therapy and behavioural treatment makes for the best prognosis of ADHD. Keeping in mind the short attention span of children with ADHD, parents need to give them immediate feedback or consequences for their behaviour and activities.Tips for parents of children with ADHD.

The treatment

Currently children and adults with ADHD are prescribed drugs like Ritalin or other psychostimulants or antidepressants with the aim of improving their capacity to inhibit and regulate impulsive behaviours. There is also a behavioural approach that involves psychotherapy, parenting counseling, cognitive behavioural training or school support programmes. It has been found that a combination of drug therapy and behavioural treatment makes for the best prognosis. 
 

Tips for parents of children with ADHD

  • Immediate feedback: Keeping in mind the short attention span of children with ADHD, parents need to give them immediate feedback or consequences for their behaviour and activities. This feedback must be clear, specific, and occur as close in time after the behavior that it refers to.
  • Frequent feedback: While immediate response is important, feedback must also be frequent. Parents need to tell ADHD children how they are faring in whatever activity they are involved in or how well they are conducting themselves at very short intervals.
  • Form of feedback: Positive feedback can be in the form of praise or compliments but should specify exactly what the child has done to earn it. It can also be in the form of physical affection like a hug , extra privileges or occasionally a food treat.
  • Powerful consequences: ADHD children have reduced sensitivity to rewards and other consequences. Hence, larger and more important rewards are needed to motivate them to perform, follow rules or behave well.
  • Positive before the negative: Parents should try not to make punishment the first step in suppressing undesirable behaviour. They should attempt to glean some positive aspect from the child's behaviour and reward that aspect. Punishment when given should be mild and specific to a particular behaviour.
  • Consistency in discipline: Parents should strive to react in the same manner over a period of time to the child's behaviour whenever it occurs. In addition, they will need to be persistent when dealing with a ADHD child, as they are not exactly the most obedient kind. Even if parents feel that their efforts are going to waste, they need to stick to the disciplinary programme or they will not see the fruits of their hard work.
  • Consistency at home and elsewhere: Parents of ADHD children often tend to respond to the same behaviour differently at home and in public. They must avoid this as it puts a spoke in all the wheel of all their disciplinary efforts. The ADHD child needs to know that the rules and consequences expected to occur at home will also apply away from home.
  • Consistency across parenting techniques: While each parent has their own approach to parenting, they should not contradict or undermine each other's authority.
  • Handling problem situations: ADHD children can be difficult and disruptive in the most public of places and parents tend to get caught on the wrong foot every time. Most parents can anticipate a problem situation. What they have to do is devise a strategy to deal with it in advance so that they are prepared when it happens. They will need to make all the rules clear to their children in advance too. Thus, when the problem occurs, both parent and child know the routine.
  • Putting things in perspective: Dealing with a ADHD child is no joke. Parents of such children often find that they are frustrated, enraged, and embarrassed. However, they must remember at all times that they are the adults and cannot afford to lose control. If both parent and child were to lose their cool, the situation would deteriorate rapidly. In any case, ADHD children are victims of a disorder and often cannot help the way they behave.

  • Help your child remember: Make lists of the tasks that the child has to accomplish. Highlight important dates on the calendar. Verbal reminders are also necessary.
  • Provide outlets for the release of excess energy: Encourage the child to participate in creative constructive activities like a sport or a hobby.
  • Accept your child's limitations: A ADHD child is never going to be a model child. So don't hit your head against a brick wall trying to make him one. Try to see the virtues in your child and help him make the most of them. 

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Neelam.3 years ago
Hi, My 9 yes daughter studying in 5th std in state board suffering from ADHD. I want to know the school for ADHD childrens in south Mumbai and also let me know the Homeopathy specialist for ADHD childs
 
 
 
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sharada.3 years ago
my son is 13 years old. Very recently I understood that he has ADHD symptoms.Please any one suggest a clinic for diagnosis and treatment at visakhapatnam.
 
 
 
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Hello everyone,
I am a student in Tata institute of Social Sciences(Mumbai), doing my masters in Counselling. As a part of my course I am doing research on the experiences of parents of children with ADHD. I I hope my research can shed light in the various aspects of the parents life that is affected while dealing with a child who has ADHD. The specifics of the research are added as an attachment.
I am currently looking for people to interview for my research. The criteria being parents of children(between age 5 and 12) who are diagnosed with ADHD . I would be greatly indebted if you could connect me to anyone you may know.
Thanking you.
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bhavika.5 years ago
i wasn't aware about ADHD ... thanx to this article now i no Wat is it..
 
 
 
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Deepa K.5 years ago
Pls. suggest school / home teacher for 4th std girl child having ADHD in Mumbai
 
 
 
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chitra.7 years ago
my 4 yr son is adhd and taking Arkamin followed by NIMH kolkata.and it works.
 
 
 
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Sanjana.7 years ago
my son is also extremely hyperactive.
 
 
 
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havovi.7 years ago
schools and teachers need to be more informed on adhd and treat such children with special care and love
 
 
 
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Linda.7 years ago
parents should evaluate and improve their discipline skills before diagnosing their child as having ahdh.
 
 
 
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