Let's talk about ADHD
At Inspire Ability, we recognise that all of our clients are unique and it is our job to facilitate each child's needs and make them feel welcomed. Attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder is just one of the conditions we see in our clients and while the diagnosis of this disorder can be intimidating for parents, people with ADHD are creative, adventurous and contribute effectively to society throughout their lives.
WHAT IS ADHD?
ADHD is a brain disorder marked by an ongoing pattern of inattention, hyperactivity and impulsivity, which may interfere with daily functioning and development.
HOW WILL IT IMPACT MY CHILD?
ADHD impacts a person’s ability to control their behaviour and kids with this condition may have difficulty paying attention due restlessness and poor impulse control. This can cause them to fall behind their peers in school due to an inability to stay on task and follow instructions. However, these learning differences are not a sign of un-intelligence, but one of a difference in strengths. Many people with ADHD can be ‘out-of-the-box’ thinkers, with a knack for creative. These individuals are often skilled at strategic, real-world thinking.
HOW CAN I SUPPORT MY CHILD WITH ADHD?
- Paraphrase instructions and give specific information for simpler interpretation
- Don't be too broad in the questions you ask. For example instead of saying 'what have you done today?', try 'did you do maths today?'
- Seek assistance from an Occupational and/or Speech therapist who can help your child develop organisational and functional skills
- Maintain open communication so you can understand your child's needs, emotions and any side effects of medication they're experiencing
- Become familiar with the behaviours that indicate stress and develop coping strategies for these times
- Work together to determine the best way to administer tasks and always follow up to make sure they understand what you've asked them to do
- Be flexible, patient and don't be afraid to step back and take a breather
Want to learn more? Check out this great video by How to ADHD