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TOPIC: Parent Coping Strategies for ADHD

Parent Coping Strategies for ADHD 07 Mar 2013 01:24 #59

Parent Coping Strategies for ADHD
Posted by By Jane Framingham, Ph.D.

Here are some suggested coping strategies for parents of children with attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD):
  • Adjust your disciplinary methods. Many parents find spanking doesn’t help their child. Establish predictable consequences and rules. Learn to use time-outs consistently and without emotional upset.
  • Readjust family routines and lifestyles to be more predictable, both for yourself and for your child. This can apply to bedtimes or access to television or the computer, for example.
  • Distinguish between the things your child does that are annoying but harmless and are just part of the condition. Learn to selectively ignore those behaviors instead of getting upset about things the child can’t really control, such as fidgetiness or your child’s tendency to interrupt. This will increase your peace of mind.
  • Make a concerted effort to not get so overly involved in the child with ADHD that you begin relating less to the other children in the household. Otherwise, they may start acting out because they feel neglected.


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