ADHD: Home Treatment
Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder is the most common of the learning disabilities. It occurs in 5 percent of children, mostly in boys. ADHD is usually due to subtle differences in brain chemistry and function. It is commonly inherited. To help your child compensate, try these approaches:
- First: Improve his listening skills by reading to him. Reading to your child every day is one of the most important gifts you can give him.
- Second: Improve his concentration skills by playing games with him. Start with puzzles, dominos, card games and dice games. Matching pictures is an excellent way to build his memory. Later introduce checkers and tic-tac-toe which teach consequences.
- Third: Improve his ability to complete tasks by assigning chores. Make a checklist that highlights when he completes a task.
- Fourth: Read a book or take a class on limit setting. These children need more carefully thought out discipline than the average child. And since they tend to get into trouble, they need frequent praise regarding their good points.
- Finally: Protect your child's self esteem by accepting his high energy level. Someday it will be an asset.
If you have any questions about attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, consult your healthcare provider.
Disclaimer: This information is not intended to be a substitute for professional medical advice. It is provided for educational purposes only. You assume full responsibility for how you choose to use this information.
Author and Senior Reviewer: Barton D. Schmitt, M.D. FAAP
Last Review: 6/1/2008
Last Revised: 7/21/2006 5:49:53 AM
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