Posted on Apr 15, 2006 | Comments 0
Child with attention deficit disorder can be helped in many ways.
Let Your Child Know That You Care For Him Or Her
Above all, you should let the child to know that you care for him or her. Sometimes youngsters may think your opinions of them have changed and that you think less of them after a diagnosis of child attention deficit disorder.
For this reason let them know that this is not the case at all, even share an deficiency of your own with them to let them know you work on issues, too, and did as a child.
Also, let children know that you support them in their challenge and struggles with attention deficit disorder. And try your best to express your support with positive remarks, praise, encouragement and any help you can.
Just as everything else, there will be good days and bad days in dealing with the attention deficit disorder. And no one is perfect. So remember the better days when bad ones roll around and keep on hanging in there! It may help a lot to keep a journal.
Make A Note
Make a note of factors such as school grades, pictures, etc. If possible, make it multi-media, and colorful. Then during bad times, youâ€™ll have plenty of reminders in your journal of the progress to date and be proud and encouraged for the both of you.
Get The Information Regarding Child Attention Deficit Disorder
One more method of helping a child with ADD is to get help yourself. Learn all you can about child attention deficit disorder and get updated information regarding it. Clip magazine articles about attention deficit disorder and follow up with any resources they share. Reach out to ADD organizations and get on their mailing lists.
Ask you own healthcare provider for Attention deficit disorder information. Get the information regarding attention deficit disorder from library books, websites and sign up for their free newsletters, etc.
Share these resources and techniques with other people in the childâ€™s network; his or her teachers, parents / guardians and other concerned relatives, pastor, etc. In this way you share the information and help each other.
Hand On Help With Child With ADD
After that see how you can participate in hands-on help with the attention deficit disorder child. Maybe you can help teach study skills like using 3X5 cards and colored markers. Maybe you can offer reading assistance, tutoring, help with organizational or other behavioral skills?
Maybe simply offer to gather more information. Maybe offer the caretakers a day off. Maybe conduct practice verbal and written quizzes a little every other day. Volunteer to join the â€œteamâ€ and see what you can do to help.
Note when you do this, you may need to complete some specialized training first, depending upon your role in the childâ€™s life and your level of support. In order to learn best to help to the child, a workshop or series of training sessions from qualified attention deficit disorder professional is helpful.
You will need to learn how to reward positive behaviors and reply to negative behaviors, how to teach problem solving, how to develop a game plan and strategy, identify and focus on strengths, monitor and log results, handle weakness and much more.
Meanwhile donâ€™t forget to take time for yourself and life. There are online forums, message board, chat rooms, etc., for communicating and reaching out to others in similar conditions. This helps you get some support and encourage for yourself and even to others.
You can also get help from local and online attention deficit disorder and other helpful organizations, which are having upcoming meetings, presentations, lectures and workshops, and sign up. These organizations help you providing advice and tips to people who are helping the children with attention deficit disorder.
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