Wednesday, January 16, 2013

ADHD 101 - Week 2

Tips for Home


Welcome back! I'm excited you've decided to join me for week 2 of the blog series, ADHD 101. This week I am going to focus on tips for the home.

As I said last week, caring for children with ADHD may be very challenging. It is critical that parents remember that some of their child's disruptive behavior is a manifestation of the disability and the challenge is finding ways to help them change their inappropriate behavior.  

Key: The key to this is remembering to focus on the need for structure and routine for your child's daily schedule and thereby reinforcing the importance of learning self-control and self-regulation.

The following are suggestions for parents:

  • Focus on discrete rewards and consequences for appropriate and inappropriate behavior such as:
  • Tangible rewards and treats;
  • Movie night for a good week at school;
  • Removal of privileges; and
  • Time-out from reinforcing activities: the child is essentially removed from situations that foster inappropriate behavior.
  • Set a daily routine and stick to it. Bedtime and preparation for school are much easier if there is a structure already in place.
  • Have tangible reminders:
  • A big clock in the bedroom; 
  • Chart for chores;
  • Assignment pad to record homework and a specific folder to put work in upon completion; and
  • Gain the child's attention before speaking to him or her. Have the child repeat back directions for things that are really important.
  • Avoid the following:
  • Repeating patterns on inappropriate behavior followed by ineffective punishment;
  • Administering consequences without prior warning or without the child understanding why he or she is receiving them; and
  • Responding inconsistently to appropriate behaviors
I know that's quite a bit of information and implementing all of these changes at once would be very overwhelming. I challenge you to implement 1-2 new tips a week and stick with them.

Be sure to ask any questions or leave any comments below. Have a great week!

All the best,

Renee

P.S. Next weeks topic: Tips for School

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