We’ve all heard the phrases – it’s like he’s/she’s running on a motor, can’t sit still, can’t follow directions, doesn’t listen, is so forgetful, can’t control his/her temper etc….but what does it really mean? Children and adults who are diagnosed with ADHD have biological predispositions that lead them to be easily distracted, hyperactive, impulsive, or a combination of all 3. These individuals are not trying to forget responsibilities, misplace items, perform poorly, disrupt class, or lash out at friends. They are simply missing what many of us take for granted – the mental calm to think, plan and react.
Punitive measures won’t fix the problem, and neither will constant criticism, because neither addresses the underlying skills deficit. But a combination of mindfulness techniques, organizational supports, environmental adjustments, coordination with school resources, contingencies and medication (as necessary) can absolutely transform ADHD from an exhaustive disrupter of daily living, into a driving force of positive change.
If you’re noticing that your child ….
- Has difficulty sitting still for meals, homework, and takes an excessive amount of time to accomplish either
- Is unable to complete tasks that require sustained effort
- Is unusually forgetful and often loses things
- Has difficulty getting through a routine, i.e. morning/evening routines to prepare for school/bed
- Often speaks before thinking
- Has difficulty getting along with other children
- Demonstrates aggressive behavior when frustrated
- Is underperforming at school
…. consider calling today to discuss your observations. Treatment will almost always involve parents or caregivers, so that skills can be practiced in the home. Additional outreach to teachers and other providers is usually indicated.