Having a Child With ADHD

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As a parent, one of the worst things to discover is that your child is struggling. ADHD affects millions of children around the world, and it can be detrimental to their development. If left untreated, your child will struggle with school, communication, and socialization. Luckily, a lot of research has since been done on the topic of ADHD in children. By exercising your knowledge on the struggles and how to assist your child, a positive outlook is possible. As children grow up, ADHD symptoms may appear to make them look defiant or unruly. Just remember, this is not your fault. Parenting has no correlation with the unfortunately struggle of this disorder. Your child cannot help that he is exhibiting this behavior, and he needs compassion and understanding in order to succeed.

 

What to Consider

 

Being able to understand what your child is going through is important. It takes an extra amount of patience to make him feel like he is secure. Refrain from any intentional (or unintentional) outbursts because this stimuli might actually enhance the ADHD symptoms. It is important to inform all teachers and parents of other children of the condition as well so that positivity is enforced within every aspect. Don’t fear medication. Some parents are hesitant to put their young children on meds for ADHD, but it has been known to help. Do a lot of research and talk to your doctor before making the final decision. Remember, nothing about having a child who suffers from ADHD is shameful. Many other children are also suffering from this common disorder, and you might even know a few from your day-to-day life that you were unaware of before.

 

Enhance Positivity

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When your child is struggling, it is essential to recognize when he does something positive. In fact, put extra emphasis on any positive behavior that is exhibited. By turning the focus onto the “good” behaviors, your child will naturally learn to try and curb the ADHD symptoms. Although, this is by no means a cure, this will create optimism into the already busy mind of your child. Just like any hardship in life, hearing praise and positivity is only going to help. The importance of being aware of the outlook you are teaching your child can really make an impact. Create a rewards system that allows your child to feel good about accomplishing milestones. These tasks can be long term or simple day-to-day things such as cleaning up the bedroom and setting the table for dinner.

 

Become a Mirror

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Children learn by example. If you are struggling in dealing with your child’s symptoms, take a look at your own behaviors. Do you plan ahead for events? Are you prepared during any temper tantrums that your child might have? Working on yourself during this process is only going to make it easier on your child. The art of organization and cleanliness will assist you so that you can ensure you are supporting your ADHD child to the best of your ability. You might receive judgement from other parents or people who just simply do not understand the way that the brain functions with ADHD. Educate them. Don’t let others apply a stigma to a condition that your child cannot help. Your child might not have his own voice in the matter, so it is important that you advocate for what is right. Shine like a beacon of guidance for you child and remember to stay patient at all times. The struggle of ADHD is not an easy one, but allowing yourself access to the right resources will only result in positivity.

Helpful Apps for ADHD

Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) is the most common “brain” and behavioral disorder diagnosed in children. It is more common for boys than girls and can persist until adulthood. ADHD is referred to as a “brain” disorder because a chemical imbalance in the brain . According to John M. Grohol, Psy.D., “Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) is characterized by symptoms that include the inability to keep one’s attention focused on a task, trouble organizing tasks, avoiding things that take effort, and follow-through.”

Children with ADHD are hyperactive and have difficulty in controlling their impulses. Adults with ADHD usually have difficulty in time management, being organized, managing information, getting more sleep and being productive. “Several symptoms must be present before age 12 (which is why ADHD is classified as a neurodevelopmental disorder, even if not diagnosed until adulthood),” according to Steve Bressert, Ph.D.

With technological advancements these days, smartphone applications are not just for fun anymore, but they also play an important role in the mental, psychological and behavioral health care. These apps will not cure ADHD, but it will help those with the disorder on coping with their difficulties or challenges.

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Due

People with ADHD have trouble in focusing and are easily distracted. This app allows you to set several alarms which you can put on repeat – a helpful feature for the inattentive or forgetful person. It also does not need internet connection to function, it automatically changes time zone too.

Ever Note

This is a “digital notepad” that lets you take notes, reminders, and sync files in your phone – a way for those with ADHD to organize their meetings or schedules. 

Mind Node

The app will help you synchronize your thoughts and ideas. Since people with ADHD have problems in creativity and focus, this can help you visualize your ideas and let u know of your priorities

Dropbox

It is a storage app that lets you access, store and share your files anywhere. 

Momento

This is a journal app that lets you document your life through text, photos, and videos. It can access your social networks to tag people or places whenever you feel forgetful. Writing is good for mental health and memory.

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Mint

Mint is an application that manages your money. It organizes your checking and savings account balances, debts, and investments. You can also get financial goals using this app. 

Unroll Me

This app lets you organize and clean your inbox email. Helps you unsubscribe to unwanted emails.

Schedule Once

The app can organize your calendar schedule and client appointments. It lets you send notifications or emails to your schedule clients

Spotify

Spotify lets you calm your mind with a massive song selection. You can use it as background music while you are doing work or house chores. Choose music that are instrumental as it will let you focus with the task at hand.

Tomato Timer

It is a productivity app that helps you with your time management, lets you accomplish your work by reminding you of your time to work and will also say if it is time to take a break.

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Mango Health

This app lets you remember to take your medications on time. It also lets you records your symptoms and side effects, too.

Calm

When your mind is racing and in chaos, this app helps you calm your mind by teaching you meditation techniques complete with the sound and photos of nature. Meditation is important in the management of ADHD as it improves your attention and focus. “Whether you’re working with an ADHD-focused professional or not, try to stay up to date on the latest information about ADHD,” said Margarita Tartakovsky, M.S.

These are just some of the apps developed for helping people with ADHD. Some of these are free and some are not. Theses apps that were mentioned here are mostly helpful in managing the productivity and focus struggles of people with ADHD.