Do you have a Tigger? Strategies for a Revved up Engine
We all know that moment when our kids have reached that ‘high’ point and we are almost there with them, pulling our hair out.
We affectionately relate that behaviour to having a Tigger in the house. For those that need reminding Tigger is the bouncy Tiger from Winnie the Pooh. He never keeps still and bounces all the time. You will often here me say to my son “Are you being Tigger again?”
For those that have children living with ADHD, you may experience the hyperactivity traits and have those crazy moments where your child is just running around like a they have no off switch. Alongside that, we also may be feeling like there is no way out and you just need them to stop!
Here are some strategies that may help with bringing your child down from that ‘high’ are on:
- ROCKING – If you have a yoga ball lie them on their stomach and rock them down and up. Rock them forward so they tip downwards and then rock them back up. Keep a steady pace (not fast) and do it for a few minutes.
- ROCKING IN PUBLIC – If you are out and about, because let’s face it, it commonly happens when we are out, then if they are still small enough put them over your knees and rock them up and down. You may not feel comfortable doing this in public but the way I look at it is that I would rather do that than have my son run around the restaurant if that is where we are.
- RUBBING – Tickling or rubbing back, legs or arms. This can help with calming them.
- PRESSURE – Add pressure to them. Some of you will also know about weighted blankets and/or shirts so your children my respond to this one well. Adding pressure can be done by pressing down gently on their shoulders if you stand behind them or pressing gently on their feet against the leg.
- BRUSHING – If you have a soft bristle brush you can use this to brush their skin back and forth and they may respond well to this as well.
These strategies may work for some but not for others, so try them all and see what works for you.
One thing I want you to note is this: An ADHD brain is used to being on the ‘upper’ scale for some children, so when you are implementing any of these strategies to bring the brain back down to a ‘normal’ range it could only last a few minutes to start.
The reason for this is that when the sensors settle back down again, it is a strange feeling to our children and their brain will automatically kick in to find something to do to escalate it back to where it is used to.
The more you do these things the longer the settling will be as the body will start getting familiar with the feeling and stay there for longer.
This is by no means a cure of any sorts, it is simply some strategies to help you through those full on moments of hyperactivity.
We have done these for a few years now and we have reached the point of when my son has escalated or feels himself escalating then he will come and ask me to do a strategy that he feels he needs at the time.
You can only try and see if it helps.
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 children living with ADHD and changing society’s opinion on ADHD. Paula is available for speaking events also.
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