ADHD Diagnosis – What’s Next?
Over the course of the next 3 blogs, I would like to talk about accepting the ADHD label and how to work with it.
Take yourself back to the time that you received the diagnosis, did you feel that you were a failure, did you feel that you were judged as a mother?
Maybe not at this time but I bet you would have at some point of your ADHD Journey.
With three simple strategies I can teach you how to accept ADHD to help you guide your child to be the best they can and not a label.
Did you know that 7% of Australian children live with ADHD and they are twice as likely to commit a crime or use drugs, let’s work towards our child not becoming a statistic.
Today I will address
If you haven’t read anything about me beofre you will know that my son was expelled from daycare at the ripe old age of 4!
I was devastated.
My world had crashed!
How was I going to tell people?
Were we going to find a school that would take him?
How was I going to work full time with no daycare?
All these potential problems that were running through my head.
I started to find ways to accept ADHD rather than feeling ashamed.
When you start to understand ADHD and also see the strength of it rather than the weaknesses we start to change our perspective on how we see things.
Educating yourself on ADHD can be amazing, if you are able to understand what is happening in your child’s head as much as you can then you will know how to work with them.
What is ADHD?
There are two main types of ADHD according to the specialists and someone can have both of these “types” kinown as combination type.
- Not paying attention to detail
- Making careless mistakes
- Forgetting things.
- Easily Distracted
- Avoid tasks that need effort
- Not finishing tasts
- Not listening
- Can’t sit still
- Talking excessively
- Seems like they are always “on the go
One tip that you could use to help your child complete tasks that they feel are hard from them is to sit down with your child (if they are old enough) and go through the things that they really enjoy doing. If they like playing with Lego, what do they like about it? Does it keep them calm, do they like using their imagination?
Do they like the structure of building things or do they just like the end result?
This will give you an indication of what they are enjoying the most out of playing with lego and you can start structuring the way that you work with them in other things.
For example if they are struggling with Maths at school but enjoying playing with Lego, can you bring in the Lego blocks to help them work out a Maths problem?
If they don’t like reading or find it hard, can you get a book about Lego.
Little changes like this can help your child to be engaged with what they enjoy doing by combining it with something they don’t.
If you want more information on how to work with your ADHD child feel free to contact Paula at firstname.lastname@example.org
Paula is an ADHD coach, parent advocate and author who is passionate about helping parents with their children living with ADHD and changing society’s opinion on ADHD. Paula is available for speaking events also.
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