Thursday, July 22, 2010

ADHD


Q: My child is displaying some symptoms of ADD and ADHD. What should I do now that school has started back?

A: It seems that many parents are concerned about their child having Attention Deficit Disorder (ADD) or Attention- Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD). A good starting place is to consult the child’s teacher and/or school counselor. Teachers and counselors are aware of the warning signs that surround ADD/ADHD such as attention-getting behavior as well as emotional, physical, neurological, and social immaturity. Additional symptoms include underachievement in the classroom; difficulty processing what is heard; poor handwriting; low self-esteem; learning disabilities; unpredictable mood swings; increased activity levels in his or her play; impulsiveness; and distractibility.
At home, have one designated space where your child does his or her homework, rather than spreading it all over the house. This will remind your child’s brain that it is now time to study. Otherwise, the brain will try to both study and watch television. Having your child study on his or her bed is not recommended, because being in bed should signal the child that it is time to wind down from the day.
Playing some music in the background near your child’s study space may help your child concentrate, but this can vary depending on your child’s needs.
Remember to communicate what you are seeing and experiencing at home to your child’s teacher and to follow the recommendations from the school. If you see many of the above symptoms in your child and are concerned, the counselors at Pathways Professional Counseling will be happy to assist you.