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4 Tips For Raising A Child With ADHD

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As a parent, having your child diagnosed with ADHD can be stressful and upsetting. It is important to know that there are treatments for ADHD, and children with ADHD can live very happy lives and grow up to be productive adults. In your own home, there are many things that you can do to make life easier for your child with ADHD and the rest of the family. Use the following tips for raising a child who has been diagnosed with ADHD:

Utilize Positive Reinforcement

Children with ADHD do not intentionally act out or break rules in order to upset the people around them. People with ADHD process information differently, so you may need to make adjustments in your parenting style. Generally, kids with ADHD do not always respond to punishment, and punishment often does not lead to long-term behavior modification. Instead of focusing on punishment, try modeling behavior and using positive reinforcement to help improve your child's behavior.

Create a Structured Environment

When a child has ADHD, having a structured day can be very beneficial. Structure allows your child to know what to expect so he or she can better focus on the task at hand. Try to wake up your child at the same time each day, establish routines around meal times, and do the same thing each evening when it is time for bed. 

Break Up Tasks Into Smaller Pieces

Since children with ADHD have a difficult time focusing on specific things, it is not a good idea to overwhelm your child with large tasks. Try to simplify things by breaking up tasks into smaller pieces. When it comes to homework, have your child work for several minutes, and then give him or her a break to relax and unwind before finishing the assignment. You may also consider making a chore calendar that divides chores into different days, rather than expecting your child to be able to complete several chores each day on the weekends.

Limit the Distractions in Your Home

It is extremely common for children with ADHD to become easily distracted. When you need your child to engage and focus, it is essential to remove all distractions; distractions can include things like televisions, tablets, and video game consoles. Make it a point to spend time outdoors regularly where your child can get exercise without being distracted by common things that you have in your home. 

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14 February 2018