Dealing with a child with ADD or ADHD
Raising a child with ADD or ADHD can sometimes be quite difficult. How do you deal with this as a parent or teacher?
A while back, a therapist gave me a valuable list of tips on how to best deal with a child with ADD or ADHD. I have written the tips below. Check them out for yourself and feel free to print the page to keep it handy.
Tips for dealing with children with ADD and ADHD
- Make sure there are clear (house) rules for the child. This provides structure and prevents chaos.
- Give short and clear assignments so that it is manageable for the child. This way, you make sure the child is not overwhelmed with information.
- Children with ADD and ADHD are generally creative and visual. So make learning material and assignments clear by making them visual, for example with drawings and colours. This also boosts self-confidence because the child is less likely to doubt itself.
- Provide structure and regularity in your child's life. And prepare your child for new environments. Even if the child is allowed to decide what to do, make sure it remains orderly.
- Processing information and stimuli is important. Therefore, give the child space to be creative on their own and retreat to their own space if they feel the need.
- Speak to your child calmly and in a soft voice
- At school, give the child extra time if he needs it. Because concentration is lower, it will need more time to complete a task.
- Train your child to learn to concentrate when it is really needed. You can do this by indicating in advance that important things are important. This will help your child learn to pay attention at the right moments. Afterwards, give your child space to process things calmly and do not expect an immediate reaction.
- Don't think of ADD and ADHD as a disorder. There are traits that will make things harder in your child's life. Learn to deal with this and focus on the positive traits.
Recommended for parents or carers of children with ADD and ADHD
Could you use some help in raising your child with ADD or ADHD. Then take a look at the book 'Opvoedwijzer ADD en ADHD'.
This book is specially designed for parents of children with ADD and ADHD to make parenting as easy and enjoyable as possible. It is full of tips and strategies. The book is also recommended for teachers or supervisors of children with ADD and ADHD.
Looking for more tips for your own life with ADD, ADHD and/or HSP? Then click on the link below.