Raising a child with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, or ADHD can be overwhelming for parents. Some parents might have realized that the conventional child-rearing process won’t work for children with ADHD, and they need to adopt different approaches. There are many ways in which you can help your child overcome daily challenges, and channel their energies into areas that bring some amount of calmness and stability within them. That said, here are some tips that can help ease disruptive behaviors and deal with ADHD related challenges in children.
Praise and encourage good behavior
Each time your kid behaves well, you must praise their action and encourage them so they get an idea about what behaviors are acceptable. However, you must also ensure that you speak to them whenever they behave inappropriately and let them know clearly that their behavior is unacceptable and considered irritating to other people.
Creating a structure with a daily schedule can help reduce distractions. Knowing what they’re expected to do can be extremely calming for children with ADHD. So, you must create a routine for your child and ensure that they follow it every day.
Breaks tasks down for simplicity
Children with ADHD generally have a hard time doing complex tasks. So wherever possible, you must break tasks down into smaller steps so they can easily follow. For instance, if you’ve asked your child to clean their room, then you can help break the tasks into smaller activities like laying the bed sheet, folding their clothes, and putting all toys on the floor back into their respective drawers.
Promote out-loud thinking
This is probably the most effective tip to make children aware of what they are thinking, so they can curb their impulsive behavior. Children with ADHD may lack self-control, which can make them speak and perform actions without thinking. If you ask your child to verbalize their thoughts just before they act, it helps you understand their thought process, and gives them a chance to consider whether it is the right action.
Encourage physical activity
Physical activities such as exercises in children with ADHD can lower the risk of depression and anxiety, decrease impulsivity, improve concentration, and stimulate their brain. It’s a great idea to take your child on hikes and allow them to play outdoors as it can build healthy habits. Surprisingly, many professional athletes have ADHD, and experts think that athletics can help children with ADHD find a way to focus their attention and energy.
There is no way you can effectively manage your impulsive child if you are frustrated. Children tend to mimic the behavior of others, so if you decide to respond calmly no matter what, then they may do the same. If preventing your anger seems difficult at the moment, pause and take a deep breath before you react.