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How You Can Help Your Child at Home If They Have ADHD by Arthur Buchanan
The first line of treatment for a child with Attention Deficit Hyperactive Disorder is always seeking the help of a qualified physician or therapist. In addition to following the prescribed treatment plan, parents can help their child with ADHD maximize their comfort level and productivity at home by following these few simple suggestions:
Timing There are probably many things you want your ADHD child to do in a day–homework, chores, reading and playing — but he or she just can’t seem to focus enough to do them. Part of the problem may be timing. You may want your child to do his or her homework as soon as he or she gets home because you want to make sure it’s done, but perhaps your child needs a break from school work before working on homework. Other children may find it best to do his or her homework first, since the information is still fresh in his or her mind. If your child is having difficulty getting something done, try rearranging your child’s schedule to better fit his or her needs.
Create Specific Places for Activities Just like you have a place for all the objects in the house, there should also be a place for all the activities in the house. You probably already have a table where you eat meals, an area for paying the bills, and a favorite chair for reading or watching TV. Your child should have the same sort of order to his or her activities, as well. Set up an “office” for your child to do homework in. Ask about his or her preferences, it may be a desk in their room, a corner with a shelf and a bean-bag chair, or standing up at the dining room table. Make sure it is a well organized space with a cup for pens and pencils, a place for paper and books, and something to organize old work. It may also be helpful to have a play area, reading area, and eating place. The more structure, the better! Attention Deficit Hyperactive Disorderkids need it!
Establish an Escape Place It is also very helpful to have an escape or time-out place, especially if your ADHD child is impulsive. Allow your child to go there when they are going to have an outburst. Provide him/her with a punching bag or pillows to hit or throw around. This way, your child can vent his or her frustrations without injuring themselves, other people or objects. Your child’s room may be a good escape place, except that often it feels like a rejection place because he or she may feel that his or her room is a punishment place. If this is the case, set up another space to be an escape place.
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ADD Symptoms or ADHD Symptoms: What’s the Difference? by TellmanKnudson
Let’s start with question number one, “What is the difference between ADD symptoms and ADHD symptoms, anyway?” People kept asking me that…
Well, it’s really simple. I’m not going to get into highly technical things on this but basically, the H in ADHD symptoms stands for hyperactive. In essence, what this means is attention deficit disorder, or “ADD,” versus attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, or “ADHD.”
Some people with ADD symptoms find that their body is going in high gear, a million miles an hour. They can’t sit still, they are all over the place, and they are moving everywhere. That means they are experiencing Attention Deficit Hyperactive Disorder symptoms rather than ADD symptoms.
Other people, it’s just inside their heads and their body is more relaxed. This means it is just ADD symptoms. That is the general difference.
I am not a PhD and I can’t officially diagnose anyone with ADD symptoms vs. ADHD symptoms, but basically the difference is that hyperactivity component in ADHD symptoms and that’s it.
And so, it’s just a matter of hyperactivity in physical behavior. Some people have that hyperactivity mentally and that would still be just ADD symptoms and if you have the hyperactive, physical version, then you have the H in there.
But, people say, “attention deficit, basically that is the cause of all of this, right? There is a deficit of attention whether it’s ADD symptoms OR ADHD symptoms we’re talking about, and that’s what the problem is, right?”
Well, there is a “deficit”…unless you learn how to use it. See, the coolest part about both ADD symptoms and ADHDsymptoms is that everyone with these symptoms also has the ability to, what I call, “Hyperfocus” on something for an exceptional period of time.
To become so focused on something that time just melts away…ADD symptoms, Attention Deficit Hyperactive Disorder symptoms aside, you have this uncanny ability.
And when time just melts away and you become so focused–whether it’s on your computer or a video game, or a book you’re reading, or a sport you’re playing–you’ll find that you can have an absolute linear 100% degree of focus on that thing as long as you’re interested in it.
The number one thing is, when you are taking a look at “Do I have ADD symptoms? Don’t I have ADD symptoms? Or, do I have ADHD symptoms? Do I not have ADHD symptoms?” Throw that out the window.
Technique number one is to say, “What are my strengths? What am I really, really good at?” You have to ask yourself that question. Write that down on the note sheet. “What am I really, really good at?”
When you’ve done that, write down on the same sheet, “What am I really, really NOT good at?”
This is where ADD symptoms or ADHD symptoms come up, which some people might be embarrassed or ashamed of…but it is also where those same ADD symptoms (or ADHD symptoms) can become your single biggest asset.
This is the reason that you can be successful, it’s the reason that I’m successful, and it’s very simple. It’s BECAUSE of my ADD symptoms and ADHD symptoms (you see, I’m actually both!)
You’ve already developed amazing traits; you’ve already developed incredibly powerful habits that you might be using the wrong way at this time.
But when you learn to look at those ADD/ADHD symptoms as resources for your ability to be exceptional, that is where having ADD symptoms or ADHD symptoms starts to look like an advantage, not a “disability.”
Take the ability to Hyperfocus, for instance. If you have either ADD symptoms or Attention Deficit Hyperactive Disorder symptoms, then I would bet anything you have a greater ability than most people to Hyperfocus on a given activity or interest.
But did you know this ability to Hyperfocus is a trait most inventors, entrepreneurs, and even geniuses have in common?
Maybe they didn’t think they had ADD symptoms or ADHD symptoms, but they probably were called “spacey” or “driven” or “obsessive” by their contemporaries.
They just learned how to channel their ADD symptoms/ADHD symptoms into their amazing accomplishments…and so can you.
Think about it…what other ADD symptoms/Attention Deficit Hyperactive Disorder symptoms do you have, that you could be using today, in a different way, to be outstanding and successful in your life?
Tellman Knudson is certified in Hypnotherapy and Neurolinguistic Programming. He is CEO of Overcome Everything and the creator of Hyperfocus, the program that helps people with ADD and Attention Deficit Hyperactive Disorder take charge of their lives and financial destiny. Go to Attention Deficit Hyperactive Disorder to pick up your free newsletter of ADHD practical tips and techniques, and make your life better today!
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National Mental Health Association 2001 N. Beauregard Street, 12th Floor Alexandria, VA 22311 Phone 703/684-7722 Fax 703/684-5968
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