How do I provide for a child diagnosed with ADHD?

Posted by Care Courses

Sep 11, 2015 4:22:58 PM

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Many caregivers wonder how to provide for a child diagnosed as having ADHD. At Care Courses we offer two courses that discuss ADHD in detail. In this blog, we will focus on tips discussed in the Care Course ADHD.

Attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder, or ADHD, is symptomatic of a disorder that scientists have classified as being the excessive degree to which some children are chronically overactive, impulsive, and inattentive.

The root cause of ADHD is unknown at this time but some believe ADHD is a neurobiological disorder caused by a chemical imbalance in the brain that results in abnormal brain function.

A caregiver must realize that each child is different in their strengths, feelings, and needs. Many of those needs are similar to a child not diagnosed with ADHD, but having ADHD may cause those needs to be exhibited to a higher degree. All children need acceptance, structure, and positive guidance. A child with ADHD often needs more acceptance, structure, and positive guidance.

Some treatments for ADHD are:

  • Conventional drugs such as Ritalin
  • Modified diets
  • Environmental changes (I.E. natural lighting)
  • Restrictive television exposure

Other tips to help provide for a child with ADHD may include:

  • Cooperating with parents; children can make better progress when the various adults in their lives work cooperatively toward the same goals for the child.
  • Being as flexible as possible. Extra effort on your part at the outset will make life easier for all concerned as the weeks go by.

In our course, ADHD, we discuss a variety of ways to identify ADHD and provide for a child who is diagnosed. Want to learn more? Visit the ADHD course information page on our website or the page dedicated to another Care Course that discusses ADHD, Active or Hyperactive?

Please let us know how we can be of additional assistance! Call us: 1-800-685-7610, Monday through Friday, 9-5 ET, or email us days, evenings and weekends: info@CareCourses.com. We’re here to help!

 

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