Parenting a Child With ADHD - News Article

Parenting a Child With ADHD

Children with ADHD (Attention Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder) can, and do, succeed. It’s important to act early if you think your child is presenting symptoms of ADHD in order to ensure they are living to their fullest potential. As a parent, you are able to help them create comfortable environments to help them succeed.

The following tips for ensuring success are from ADHD Awareness Month’s website. View the .pdf here.

Early intervention holds the key to your child’s success.

  • Get a proper evaluation. This isn’t quick or simple. Be sure your child has complete medical, educational, and psychological evaluations. That way you can also check to see if you child has conditions that either look like or often go with ADHD.
  • Learn all you can about ADHD. It is up to you to be a smart consumer and learn to distinguish accurate information from inaccurate information. Be wary of ads claiming to cure ADHD. Currently, there is no cure, and if it sounds too good to be true, it probably is!

Ensuring Success at School

  • Work with your child's school. School meetings to discuss accommodations should be attended by the principal (or a representative), a special educator and a teacher that knows your child. You have the right to ask that others who understand ADHD or your child’s special needs, such as a doctor or the school guidance counselor, be allowed to participate too. A thorough examination of your child’s needs is the first step towards an effective school intervention plan.

Ensuring Success at Home

  • Set clear boundaries and be consistent. Children with ADHD need to know exactly what others expect from them. They do not perform well when things are unclear and directions aren’t specific – they can’t “read between the lines”!
  • Work together to support your child. All adults who care for your child – parents, grandparents, babysitters – should understand how best to manage your child’s problem behaviors.
  • Help your child learn from mistakes. Children with ADHD have difficulty making the connection between their behaviors and the consequences. Parents can help their child make these connections and learn from them.

Boost your child’s confidence

  • Help your child with social skills. It can be hard for kids with ADHD to make and keep friends. They may be rejected by other children for being hyperactive, impulsive or aggressive. Parent training courses can teach you how to help your child to make friends and work cooperatively with others.
  • Identify your child's strengths. Many children with ADHD may have strengths in areas like art, athletics, computers or mechanics. Encourage these strengths so that your child can feel proud and fulfilled. Do not use or withhold these activities as part of a behavior modification plan.