ADHD

3 Things I Wish People Knew About Parenting a Child with ADHD

Parenting a Child with ADHD
Nancy
Written by Nancy

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), 6.4 million children in the US have Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD).  ADHD is one of the most common neurodevelopmental disorders among children.

It is mostly diagnosed in a child’s early years and often persists till adulthood. ADHD is characterized by a tendency to have trouble paying attention and staying focused on tasks. Other than that, children with ADHD also find it difficult to control impulsive behaviors. This results in them having trouble adjusting to everyday activities like studying and socializing with friends.

Parenting a child who has ADHD requires a bit of extra care and precaution; which is why we’ve listed some essential guidelines that can help you give your child the support they need.

1. It’s not their fault

One of the most essential aspects of parenting is to be understanding and compassionate toward your child. If you have a child with ADHD, you need to understand that their brain works differently, and that reflects in their behavior. Their hyperactivity and impulsivity are things they have no control over. The only way to be a good parent to them is to show them empathy.

Most parents attribute their child’s behavior to their parenting style and blame themselves for the diagnosis. However, the symptoms of ADHD can only be managed and lessened if parents start recognizing that it’s a medical condition and not a change in behavior. By either blaming the child or yourself, you’ll just make it worse.

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2. ADHD leads to learning disorders

As per the CDC, learning disorders are also common among children who have ADHD. When a child finds it hard to stay focused, they consequently find it hard to do well at school. Some of the most common learning disorders that kids with ADHD face are dyslexia, dyscalculia, and dysgraphia. It’s vital for both parents and teachers to understand that students with these disorders need special attention and consideration.

Parents often fail to understand that the underlying cause behind a child underperforming at school is that their ADHD goes undiagnosed. It’s a misconception that the child will eventually grow out of it and start magically doing well at school. A child with ADHD needs parents to be patient and compassionate as far as their academic record is concerned.

3. There is no shame in seeking help

Although there’s no cure for ADHD, with the help of certain medications and methods, the symptoms can be reduced to a great deal.
Additionally, studies have found that brain activity gets enhanced if the flow of blood to the cortex increases. This is why we recommend the Concentrainer headband. If used twice a week for a total time span of 10 to 20 minutes, this device helps you measure the blood flow to the cortex. After this is carried out, neuro-feedback can be followed to make that particular area to function more efficiently.

Your child is your most valuable asset; give them the support they need! If you’re looking for non-pharmaceutical ADHD therapy methods for children, get in touch with Brain Changer. We provide a host of drug-free methods to help children with ADHD like the Concentrainer. For further details, contact us now. 

 

About the author

Nancy

Nancy

I’m Nancy and no, I didn’t always look like I do in that picture on the right. My foray into health and fitness began as a brace-faced, 16 year-old who was too afraid to wear a two-piece at the beach because I felt my body paled in comparison to my much more toned friends.