At home, keep items used everyday organized and in the same places every day, including clothes, school materials, backpacks, and toys. In the classroom, it can help to have designated areas or work stations for specific activities. This cuts down on the need for individual decision-making and organization.
Be clear and consistent
Children with ADHD need well-defined instructions and rules to follow so they know what is expected of them. Make the rules simple, clear, and be consistent about following them.
Provide a healthy diet
Guiding a child with ADHD to eat the right foods can help significantly. Certain foods have been shown to make ADHD symptoms worse, like sugar, caffeine, and artificial ingredients and dyes. Parents, learn about a healthy ADHD diet, talk with your child’s doctor, investigate a diet that eliminates certain foods and additives to see if it makes a difference in your child’s symptoms.
Promote exercise and sleep
ADHD kids need to move a lot, so give them ample opportunities to run, play, and get their energy out. They will do better sustaining attention if they’re given frequent breaks for physical activity at school and home. On the flip side, it is also crucial to make sure they get sufficient sleep. Adequate sleep can reduce ADHD symptoms.
Encourage and reward
As parents and educators, it’s all too easy to focus on the disturbances and behavior issues that come with ADHD. We will do ourselves and any child, especially one with ADHD, a favor by looking for, pointing out, and praising good effort and behavior. This will help reinforce healthy brain and behavior patterns. When possible, provide rewards whenever rules and routines are followed, and give appropriate consequences when they aren’t.
Practicing mindfulness can help any brain learn to focus and settle down. Over time, mindfulness can physically change the brain’s form and function so that the brain’s frontal lobe has more control over concentration and behavior.
It Takes a Village
Like all kids, children with ADHD need a nurturing environment filled with support, encouragement, and love. When ADHD is addressed in positive ways, children can thrive. You’ve heard the saying before, “It takes a village to raise a child.” This is especially true when it comes to raising kids with ADHD, autism, apraxia, or any other learning or mental disorder.
Grey Matters of Carmel neurofeedback studio is here to support you and your child and wants to be part of your village. Neurofeedback is a type of biofeedback therapy where a person’s brain learns to alter their activity to guide the brain toward more optimal functioning. Research confirms that neurofeedback training can specifically balance brain waves in the ADHD brain for an observable reduction in symptoms in as little as eight weeks.
At Grey Matters of Carmel, we are passionate about helping people live their best lives, including optimizing their brain’s health and function. Contact us or call (317) 215-7208 today to find out how we can help you.
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