If your child has ADHD, you may feel overwhelmed and unsure of how you can help to control or reduce their symptoms. It may be a good idea to seek professional counselling to help you cope with the difficulties of raising a child with ADHD. In addition to individual or family counselling, there are a number of other ways that you can help your child be successful and reduce the impact on your family.
The first step is to understand that ADHD result in a deficit in executive functioning, which means that it can affect your child's ability to:
It's important for you to provide your child with extra help, guidelines and support in these areas. Ensure you respond to your child with patience and understanding. Be positive, supportive and compassionate when you deal with your child, even during trying times where their behaviour is inappropriate. Here are some additional tips to help you and your child:
Establish Structure and Remain Consistent
Set Clear Expectations and Rules
Praise and Give Positive Reinforcement
Educate Yourself and Your Family
Dr. Sharmistha Barai, MD is a leading Child & Adolescent psychiatrist based in Saint Louis, Missouri, using her talents and expertise to treat clients for depression, anxiety, schizophrenia, bipolar and personality disorders. Dr. Sharmistha specializes in general psycho-geriatrics, child and adolescent psychiatry, drug and alcohol. She completed a MBBS degree (medical degree equivalent) at Lady Hardings Medical College, in New Delhi, India (2002).
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