Anxiety And Tension

Dealing With ADHD- Not A Child's Play


Children with ADHD are often difficult to deal with because their behavior can be impulsive and aggressive. Without warning, these children can suddenly engage in unexpected and extreme behaviors. Parents look to ADHD treatments to deal with the difficult behaviors. Some find psychotherapy to be helpful in identifying and dealing with feelings that can cause aggressive and impulsive reactions.

Many children with this disorder have great difficulty following social rules because they have difficulty understanding many social situations. ADHD treatments should involve some sort of social interaction that requires the person with the disorder to learn the rules of social interaction. The problem lies in the child’s inability to focus long enough to acquire proper social skills.

Basic skills like eye contact and waiting for someone else to finish before speaking have to be deliberately taught to a child who has the disorder. It is also important to communicate that there are consequences for specific actions. If a child talks out of turn there should be consistent ramifications for the behavior. Otherwise, the interruptions will be repeated.

Many children who have ADHD are not fully capable of fully understanding the concept of past, present and future. These individuals tend to live in the here and now and they tend to quickly forget the past. They also do not think about the future. Since there is little regard for future events these children often act without thinking about the consequences of their behavior. Cause and effect have to be deliberately taught as well.

Behavior therapy has proved to be one of the most successful interventions that a family can use in collaboration with professionals. These ADHD treatments help the child develop a structure and routine. Behavior interventions also help the child develop social skills and learn cause and effect cycles of their actions.

It is also important to make some adjustments that will work with the child instead of against him. For example, I worked with a girl who had difficulty sitting still while completing assignments. Her ADHD treatments often revolved around getting her to sit still. However, we found that even though she sat without fidgeting, she was unable to concentrate. If she was allowed to move around she was able to complete assignments with relative ease.

No matter which of the ADHD treatments you choose it is still important to treat each child as an individual who has unique needs. This is the first step in any successful treatment plan.