Parenting Tips: Helping Your Child with ADHD

Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) is one of the most common disorders of children not only here in Singapore but around the world. As a parent, you should know that ADHD can continue through adolescence and eventually through adulthood if not resolved. ADHD has three subtypes to include predominantly hyperactive-impulsive, predominantly inattentive and combined hyperactive-impulsive and inattentive.

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Symptoms include difficulty in paying attention or staying focused, over-activity and difficulty in controlling behaviour. Scientists are not really sure of the causes of ADHD but there are studies that suggest genes play a vital role in its development. In addition to genes, scientists believe that other factors like the environment and injuries (brain) also play a vital role in its development.

As a parent, having a child with this disorder is challenging but it should not keep you from doing your job. For your peace of mind, you can still do something to alleviate the condition of your child. You only need to be patient and persistent for the sake of your child. Here are some things that you can do to help your child deal with ADHD:

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  • Seek the help of professionals: If your child is diagnosed with ADHD, you may feel frustrated and even blame yourself. Instead of feeling bad, it is important that you channel your feelings in a positive way. If you do not know how to deal with your child, it will do you good if you seek the help of professionals, say mental health professionals. There are many mental health professionals in Singapore.
  • Accept the condition: The next thing that you should do is learn to accept the condition of the child. There is no use blaming yourself or others of the condition. Act immediately before it is too late.
  • Learn how to use reward-consequences system: The reward-consequences system will be your best buddy if you want to change the behaviour of your child. For behaviours that you want to encourage, you should give positive feedback. If want to discourage a behaviour, you should redirect it. For example, you should remove the child from an upsetting situation and let him/her calm down.
  • Do things with your child: It is crucial that you share things with your child. If you want your child to relax, do things together. If you notice your child’s abilities and strengths, it is important that you know how to praise him/her.

It is important that your child do not feel alone and unwanted. You need to employ the help of other family members so it is better to orient them and make them understand what your child is going through.

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