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A Guide to Supporting Your Child With ADHD

Understanding ADHD is essential to providing the right support for your child. And finding the right ADHD coaching for parents can be the ultimate tool for success.

What’s going on in your little one’s brain?

If you’re a parent, you’ve likely been through the wringer with your child. They might have trouble focusing and paying attention, whether it’s at school or at home. They might show signs of hyperactivity, or be unable to sit still for long periods of time.

But what does this mean? Could it be something more than just the typical trouble that kids have?

Maybe—maybe not!

The intention is not to scare you; it’s to make sure you are prepared.  That’s why the focus of this handy guide is to help you figure out if your little one could have ADHD and how to provide the right support.

What is ADHD? How can ADHD affect your family? And, is there an option for family therapy for ADHD? What about ADHD coaching for parents?

Keep reading to learn everything you need to know to remain informed and support your child!

ADHD Defined

Attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder, or ADHD, is a brain disorder that makes it hard for adults and children to control their behavior.

You may have heard someone mention ADHD as a cause of certain kinds of behavior. For example, you might say that a child who is constantly moving and fidgeting has ADHD.

However, most individuals with ADHD are easily distracted and impulsive and may act without thinking about the consequences first.

ADHD can make it hard for kids to focus and control their behavior. It usually begins in childhood and lasts throughout adulthood.

Some people think of ADHD as a label, but it’s a medical diagnosis that needs to be fully understood. And it is essential to understand that ADHD affects people of all ages.

Signs and Symptoms of ADHD

Do you ever feel like your child’s mind is somewhere else, and they can’t focus on what’s being said? You’re not alone.

According to the American Psychiatric Association, ADHD is one of the most common mental disorders among children and adolescents.

The good news is that ADHD can be supported effectively. But it first has to be diagnosed by a licensed medical professional.

So if you’re concerned that your child might have ADHD, please reach out to a doctor or health care provider right away.

According to the CDC, you can look for these signs and symptoms to know if your child has ADHD: “Often fails to give close attention to details or makes careless mistakes in schoolwork, at work, or with other activities, has trouble holding attention on tasks or play activities, or does not seem to listen when spoken to directly…/Often fidgets with or taps hands or feet, or squirms in seat, leaves seat in situations when remaining seated is expected, runs about or climbs in situations where it is not appropriate (adolescents or adults may be limited to feeling restless), and unable to play or take part in leisure activities quietly.”

ADHD And Your Family

When you have a child with ADHD, it can feel like the world has turned upside down.

And while it is well-known that having a child with ADHD can be challenging and stressful, the impact on families and siblings is often overlooked.

Before you can successfully parent a child with ADHD, it’s essential to understand the impact of your child’s symptoms on the family as a whole.

Children with ADHD often behave in ways that disrupt life at home with the family. And the demands of monitoring a child with ADHD can be physically and mentally exhausting, but there are ways to reduce the stress and make life more harmonious for everyone in the family.

For example, make sure each child gets your attention as consistently as possible, whether playing catch or reading together before bedtime.

Here’s a great way to start the day: take your children aside and tell them, “I love you. You’re important to me.” Simple as that.

If you’re spending time with one of your children and the other one needs you, you can also try this strategy: “This is my time with [child’s name], but I will talk to you later.” This strategy lets the child you’re not spending time with know that they are essential, too. But if the child becomes upset, don’t abandon the other child to console them. Instead, gently remind the upset child that you will give them attention soon.

Finding the right balance of attention and support is one of the many lines you must tow as a parent to a child with ADHD. And remember, you don’t have to be perfect.

The fact that you’re here reading this article already shows how much you care about your children and your drive to find something that works for your family.

It will take time to learn what tools work and what tools don’t for your family. You’re doing a great job! And, if you feel like you need more support, I am always available (book time with me here).

ADHD And Sleep

Do you know what’s better than a good night’s sleep? Let’s be honest; not much out there can top a great night’s sleep. But it can be hard to get the rest we need, especially when you have ADHD. And, if your child with ADHD doesn’t get enough sleep, it can be harmful.

The thing is kids with ADHD have trouble falling asleep and staying asleep. And this can lead to them not getting the sleep they need. But if they don’t get enough sleep, it can make their ADHD worse!

When children with ADHD are not getting enough sleep, they can become less attentive. This lack of attention can make school, homework, and socializing very difficult, feeding into the cycle of problems.

A consistent, early bedtime is the best way to combat this problem. But it’s not easy—children with ADHD are more likely than other kids to be overstimulated, making them less likely to go to sleep early.

How To Support A Healthy Sleep Schedule For Your Child With ADHD

So, what can you do to support a healthy sleep schedule? Here are four tips for helping your ADHD child sleep well at night.

First, keep TV time low and exercise high during the day. The overstimulation of TV can be a lot right before bed for anyone, especially for a child with ADHD.

Second, make sure your child is not consuming any caffeine. The jolt of caffeine can be detrimental to their systems.

Third, spend some time lowering the activity level as bedtime approaches. Try coloring, for example, or try reading together.

The fourth and final tip in helping your ADHD child sleep well at night is to use a white noise app on your phone or machine in their room. The white noise can help to calm their bodies and minds, preparing them for a restful night’s sleep.

3 Ways To Support Your Family and Your Child With ADHD

ADHD is a condition that affects millions of children and adults, yet many people still don’t know what it is or how to handle it.

If you have a child with ADHD, then you probably already know that it’s a source of constant stress in your life. It can be challenging to deal with the challenges of having an ADHD child, especially if you’re not sure how best to help them or what their needs are.

Here are three ways to support your child with ADHD (and yourself).

Establish Healthy Habits as a Family

As a parent, you can help your child with ADHD by ensuring that they have healthy habits in place.

Establishing a healthy sleep schedule is the first step toward helping your child with ADHD feel good and function at their best. Try to put your child to bed and wake them up simultaneously every day (including weekends). Setting the alarm for bedtime can help you stick to this routine.

Once your child gets enough sleep every night, you can move on to diet and exercise! First, make sure that your child eats three meals, a snack, and drinks plenty of water daily. Then, to keep things balanced and enjoyable, try adding in a new healthy food every week until you’ve found a few that work for both of you!

Exercise is another essential part of feeling good with ADHD—and it doesn’t have to be hard! Try taking walks together after dinner every night or signing up for an activity at your local YMCA or gym.

Adhering to the prescribed medication schedule, getting enough sleep, eating a balanced diet, and exercising daily will help minimize ADHD symptoms.

Establishing healthy habits can sometimes feel overwhelming, but don’t fret. You’ve got this! And you’re not alone, you don’t have to have all of the answers.

I’m here to help. Schedule an appointment to receive support now or download my app.

Spend Time Preparing Your Child Before You Leave and Rely on Expert Support If You Need It

You know how sometimes you’re in a bad mood, and you want to do something that’ll make you feel better, but there is something in the way that prevents you from getting to do it?

Well, kids with ADHD can get like that too. When they’re having a crummy day, they might not be able to control themselves as well as other kids can.

But some things can help, like preparing your child before you leave. When you’re talking about what’s about to happen, you can discuss how you want your child to behave. This preparation allows them the space to process what is about to happen.

So, when you know, you’re going to be in a situation that might be challenging for your child—like the grocery store, parking lot, or family dinner—talk with them ahead of time about how they should behave. Then, instead of reacting to their misbehavior, you invest time beforehand so you can celebrate them once you’ve arrived.

Different kids react differently when faced with ADHD challenges. If you’re unsure what discipline approaches are best for your child, ask their therapist or doctor to help you figure it out. They can also coach you on ways to respond to help your child rather than making things worse.

For example, kids with ADHD are often sensitive to criticism and might respond better to gentle correction and encouragement instead of punishment.

If your child wants to speak with a professional and receive support, you can help them partner with someone to grow their tools. And, if you are willing to do the same, you will see faster growth.

Please book an appointment with me to start growing your tools for supporting your child with ADHD.

Get New Tools to Support Yourself And Your Child’s Needs

We’ve all been there; we’re stressed, our kid is acting up, and it feels like we’re in a panic.

It’s only natural to feel frustrated when your child is acting up, especially if you’re feeling extra stressed about everything going on in your life.

Even if you’re overwhelmed, try your best to remain level-headed. Lashing out will not help.

But remember, ADHD is a disorder and doesn’t go away. It may not be visible outside, but your child has been diagnosed with a disability. They cannot act like their neurotypical sibling(s). They can’t just snap out of their space; they need your help.

And sometimes, you need help too. That’s where I come in. To receive the support and tools you need to lead confidently, book a consultation with me now.

Parent coaching for ADHD and family therapy for ADHD are essential to growing to meet your child’s needs.

Set Clear Expectations

Parenting can be challenging. But you and your child can have an excellent relationship—you need to find the right strategies for doing so. If your child has ADHD, it can be challenging to set boundaries and create routines that help you both thrive, but it’s not impossible.

Setting clear expectations and rules is essential for helping your child with ADHD. If you’re not sure where to start, contact me for support.

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