Attention Deficit Disorder (ADD) is a condition that affects many children around the world. It is a behavioral disorder that is also referred to as Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder. This is due to the fact that most kids who have a problem paying attention also tend to be hyperactive.
The two problems usually are seen to have a connection with each other and therefore coexist as well. The causes of ADD are not precisely known. But there is evidence that this disorder seems to be passed down from one generation to the next. There also seem to be biological and chemical differences between the brains of ADD affected kids and those of normal people.
This disorder is seen to have many symptoms. These include hyperactivity, trouble focusing on one thing for too long, inability to disengage from a particular activity, frequent tantrums, nervous breakdowns, loud and rude behavior and poor social skills. Children with ADD are seen to have superior skills in areas like music, mathematics, chemistry, art etc. There is nothing wrong or abnormal with them physically.
It is also important to remember that just because a child is hyperactive or inattentive, does not mean that he/she has ADD. Most kids at some time or the other may behave in such a manner. Parents should consult a specialist if the symptoms and behavior issues persist for 1 or 2 years (and are hindering the day to day life of the child). If you are a parent or guardian of an ADD-affected child, here is a list of things that will help you take care of him/her.
Tips To Parent A Child With ADD
Come To Terms With The Condition
It is very important for the parents to accept their child’s problem. Coming to terms and facing the reality is half the battle won. Also, it is essential for you and your partner to not blame yourselves for your child’s condition. Feeling sad and disappointed will only make your child feel worse.
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Make A Schedule And Stick To It
Children suffering from ADD react positively to a set routine. Make a daily schedule which lists fixed timings for specific tasks. And do not change the routine at all. Such kids like life to be predictable. They also cope better with tasks and activities when they know what they are expected to do and at what time. Make sure all other family members also follow this routine.
Keep The Child Busy
It is very important to encourage such kids to indulge in as many activities of their choice as they like. You child will behave much better if he/she is engaged in interesting things. If he/she likes airplanes, then buy him/her books, board games, modeling sets etc. to encourage the hobby. A busy child is less likely to throw tantrums and have breakdowns.
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Always Have Praise And Encouragement Ready
Whenever your child does something well or behaves appropriately in a situation, praise him/her. Tell him/her how proud you are and how responsible he/she has been. Encouragement is an invisible medicine that is seen to have far reaching effects in behavior disorders. When a child is praised for a certain thing, he/she will remember to do the same thing next time as well.
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