ADHD Behavior: How to Manage Your ADHD Child
ADHD can be a difficult condition to deal with for the sufferer, but it can also be just as challenging for family members, especially the parents of ADHD children. Oftentimes, ADHD can lead to behavior that can be a challenge to deal with as the child learns to handle their symptoms on their own. Many young children become frustrated with their symptoms and lack of control, and may become aggressive or lash out.
Thankfully, there are some tips that parents can take into consideration when trying to handle their child's impulsive and hyperactive ADHD behavior:
- Know your child. This may seem obvious, but consciously observing and noting when and why your child becomes agitated can help with being able to quickly address, or even avoid, uncomfortable situations.
- Set up appropriate rules, expectations, boundaries, and consequences for your child. ADHD children thrive in structured environments, because they know exactly what is expected of them.
- Prioritize ADHD behavior. If your child exhibits a variety of behaviors, address the most severe first and be patient with behaviors that are minor disturbances.
- Practice and promote coping strategies. Figure out what calms your child down, such as deep breathing or counting to 10, when they start to act out, and practice and encourage your child to use these techniques whenever they begin to feel frustrated.
- Immediately reward positive behavior and enforce consequences for negative ADHD behavior.
- Promote communication. Oftentimes ADHD children become frustrated because they don't feel they can communicate their feelings properly with their family and friends. By promoting a positive communication environment in your home, you can reduce some of the anxiety.
- Build strength and interests. Most ADHD behavior stems from frustration in your child. By giving them appropriate outlets that hold their interest, such as team sports, music, art, dance, and many other activities, you can channel their energy into something interesting and positive, building their confidence and self esteem in the process.
For more ways to cope with ADHD behavior and encourage positive attitudes in your children, speak with an experienced health care provider for more information.