Helpful Coping Skills For Children With ADHD

Having a child or children with ADHD is difficult for both the parents and the child.

Yet, helpful strategies exist for children with ADHD. These strategies help kids and their parents manage events that can be more challenging for them than for other families.

I’ve pulled together some behavioral strategies from the esteemed Mayo Clinic, as well as from Dr. Temple Grandin. This doctor has autism and speaks about autism and ADHD.

Expert methods we endorse are employed at Serenity Wellness & Counseling.

Dr. Grandin’s methods for coping with autism and ADHD include sensory experiences.

Such experiences stretch one out of their comfort zone. I favor her down-to-earth practical suggestions when included with behavioral therapy.

Children with ADHD are often teased for the way they behave.

Consequently, they might struggle with low self-esteem, school anxiety and more. Furthermore, while symptoms (which may include difficulty sustaining attention, hyperactivity and impulsive behavior) may lessen with age, some never completely outgrow ADHD symptoms.

Although, with guidance and patience, children can learn behavioral strategies for being successful. Parents are integral in assisting their child’s learning of helpful strategies.

Together, parent and child grow in understanding the best ways for handling their uniquely individual symptoms.

The Mayo Clinic recommends the following for managing ADHD in children:

1. Give praise and rewards when rules are followed.

Children with ADHD often receive and expect criticism more than other children. As a result, this can impact self-esteem. Some days, you might have to really look for the good behavior. Yet, you should praise good behavior at least five times more often than you criticize bad behavior.

2. Give clear, effective directions or commands.

Make eye contact or gently touch on arm or shoulder to get his or her attention. Give brief, simple, steps and short commands that get to the point rather than multiple directions or wordy statements and questions.

3. Establish healthy habits.

If your child is on a medication, it should be taken as prescribed. Contact your child’s health care provider if problems arise.

Also, make sure your child gets enough sleep; eats a well-balanced diet consisting of three meals, a snack and adequate fluids daily; and has an outlet for some form of daily exercise. These healthy habits help your child feel his or her best and help minimize ADHD symptoms.

4. Develop routines around homework and chores.

Work together making a checklist of what needs to be done surrounding daily chores – and getting ready for bed and school – for your child to refer to when he or she gets off task. Furthermore, encourage your child to use a daily planner so he or she is aware of all homework assignments.

Also, establish a set time and location for homework and use a timer to remind your child to show you how the homework is going two to four times per hour. Factor in brain breaks if your child needs them and movement between tasks or use of an appropriate fidget.

5. Help your child build relationships, strong social skills and maintain friendships.

Be a good role model of behavior you want your child to use. Factor in some special time three to five days a week with your child that is conflict-and screen-free. Such time helps maintain a strong parent-child relationship.

Additionally, help your child develop at least one close friendship. With younger children, parents may need to lead, arranging and hosting play dates or getting kids involved in activities where there are kids the same age.

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Tips From Dr. Temple Grandin For Helping A Child Cope With ADHD

Dr. Temple Grandin, one of the most famous people who is and has been on the autism spectrum her entire life, considers those with autism and ADHD as merely people who think and learn differently.

It’s true the brains of those with ADHD are wired a little differently. She recommends a variety of hands-on experiences like playing with blocks, petting animals, sewing, or anything requiring physical movement.

Here at Serenity Wellness & Counseling we employ art, music, and movement therapy.

Grandin suggests hobbies and activities requiring physical movement. They enhance a child’s creativity and problem-solving abilities, making them more resourceful.

These are things parents can encourage their ADHD child to explore.

According to Grandin, “…even doodling and twiddling thumbs can be beneficial.” Dr. Grandin also acknowledges that walking a dog helps a child expend energy while cuddling with the animal can help the child alleviate anxiety. Likewise, she also suggests activities that require planning, like feeding a pet. Such activities may boost time management skills.

Dr. Grandin also favors taking all kids outside, and not just those with ADHD. She also believes in exposing them to practical, real, things such as gardening; feeding animals on a farm and observing animal behavior; and looking at everything from plant buds to constellations.

You can learn more about Dr. Temple Grandin and her methods for helping those whose minds work differently, at the link at the end of this article.

Our Expert Care and Therapy Have Helped Many Families and Children Successfully Cope With ADHD

Here at Serenity Wellness & Counseling, we support hands-on practical experiences for children diagnosed with ADHD along with Behavioral Therapy.

If you wish to discuss how we can help your child, feel free to call me at 281-944-SWCC for a free 15-minute phone consultation. I look forward to working with you.

Resource for more information about Dr. Temple Grandin: visit website

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