Raising a child with attention deficit and hyperactivity disorders can be a daunting task to some parents. However, with the right strategies you will realize that it is not so hard a responsibility. Here are some tips:
Engage the child in riding a bike, playin’g football, rope skipping or any other simple physical activity of choice.
Physical exercise is important in burning excess energy, which in turn improves sleep patterns,stimulate brain ,relieves depression and developing physically active habits.
2.praise! Praise !praise !
Praise the child when he does something good. Always reinforce with praise and encouragement to help him/her distinguish between acceptable and unacceptable behavior.
3.Break down tasks for the child. Breaking down tasks into achievable goals is important in regulating emotions that might arise from him either succeeding or failing.
Instead of “bring me that ball” say “John take the ball” pause and wait for him to have the ball then say “bring” while opening your palm. Make instructions as simple as possible by dividing into smaller portions.
4.Have a clear routine.
let the child know what to expect next, in order to limit distractions.you can use this technique to gradually introduce a new responsibility into his/her life.
5.Let the activities you do be interesting.
A child is likely to get immersed in an interesting activity rather than less interesting ones.
Make even challenging of the tasks as interesting as possible to enhance high degree focus. Be playful and have him learn a thin’g in the process.
6. Minimize distractors.
Eliminate anything that may distract the child. When you give him a task to work on in the living room for example switching off television and radio is a good thing to avoid getting lured.
7. Don’t command, explain.
Accompany tasks with an explanation. Tell the child reasons why you want him to take the task using a positive clear and elaborate language.
It is not only respectable but also helps alleviate any worry and confusion in the child.
8. Always use a positive language.
This might at times be difficult but it is important in building your child’s confidence.
A negative language or ranting at your child will only make the him feel hurt or not loved hence worsening disruptive behaviors.
9.Have wait time.
while instructing, let the child wait for some seconds before responding. This is important in letting him think of the appropriateness of the reply he is likely to give.
The strategy takes practice but is advantageous in enhancing the child’s social life.
10.keep working towards behavior modification.
Keep trying even when your attempts to modify a behavior seems to have come to a halt.
Always be patient with the child and when you find yourself in this situation, stopping a strategy for a while is a good idea. In connection to that,remember as a parent to stay calm.