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Child Struggling in School? 4 Ways to Help Them Overcome Their ADHD

Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) is a disorder that affects mental and neurodevelopment functioning and is particularly problematic for children who are in school. If your son or daughter has been diagnosed with this condition, there are many things that you can do as a parent to help make the situation easier for your child to manage. Here are four ways to help your child overcome their ADHD.

Allow Enough Break Times

Those who have ADHD often feel overwhelmed by stimuli and can quickly lose concentration and even become more agitated when distracted. Giving your child the chance to take frequent breaks from learning, household chores or other responsibilities can help them recharge and be ready to focus more when they return. You may even have to discuss the situation with school faculty at your child’s school to try to arrange additional breaks for your child if their ADHD is more severe.

Consider Fidgets and Compression Vests

Fidgets and compression vests often work well in calming children with ADHD and keeping them centered. A weighted vest can be worn by your child to naturally put the body and mind into a better, more focused state. Fidgets are simply items that your child can play with to alleviate some of the effects of their condition and can include things like bendable play sticks, coiled bracelets or plastic nuts and bolts.

Work with a Child Psychologist

A child psychologist who specializes in ADHD treatment can help your son or daughter by creating a treatment plan that’s suited to their needs. A professional who works for Smarter Parenting or another counseling center in your area can give offer tools and teach new skills that are meant to help your child manage life better. You can also learn appropriate corrective behaviors as a parent to keep your child on the right track.

Consider Medication Options

If all other methods have failed, putting your child on a medication regimen could be the best option. As WebMD states, some of the most common types of ADHD medications for children include Ritalin, Adderall and Dexedrine. Many of these medications are formulated to calm children’s minds and improve concentration. You and your child’s doctor can work together to devise the right medication regimen.

Having a son or daughter with ADHD comes with additional challenges, but you and your child can overcome many of the obstacles together with the right strategy. With your help, your child will have an easier time adapting to life with their condition.

Tim Esterdahl

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