Does your child or adolescent constantly forget his or her homework? Does he daydream during class, blurt out inappropriate comments, fail to complete assignments, or seem unable to sit still?
If you are parenting a child with ADHD, you may find it difficult to impart life skills that seem to come naturally to others. Kids and teenagers with ADHD tend to take longer to organize, prioritize, and plan. These kids are not lacking in intelligence, rather, they need more structure and skills support.
The good news is that these life skills can be taught.
If you are concerned about successfully parenting a child with ADHD, and teaching your child the necessary life skills, Dr. Allan can give you the tools to help your child succeed.
7 life skills your child should master
If you want to set your child up for success in school, college, and the working world, it is important to encourage your child to develop essential life skills such as organization, time management, and social skills. Start teaching your child these 7 skills today.
- Independence. Even though it may be tempting, stop doing everything for your child. Encourage your son or daughter to take responsibility. If you have a teenager, encourage him to do his own laundry, cook a meal, or schedule his own dentist appointments.
- Time management. Children with ADHD do not always accurately judge how long tasks will take. When your child sits down to do his homework, help him estimate how long it will take to finish. Then divide the time into chunks, allowing for breaks in between.
- Organization. Resist the urge to pick up after your child. Help your son or daughter find an organization system that works, whether it involves bins for their clothes or a table to put the items they regularly use so they know where to find them.
- Smart decision making. ADHD often causes impulsivity. This could lead to problems with drugs or reckless behaviour. Talk to your child about the consequences of poor decision making and enforce these consequences at home.
- Money. Impulsive spending is a common problem with ADHD. Help your child develop financial skills by encouraging him to save his allowance. If you have a teenager, design a budget together for clothes, food, and social excursions.
- Medications. If your son or daughter takes medications for ADHD, set up a system to help him get in the habit of taking his meds every day.
- Relationship skills. Encourage your child to foster healthy friendships with people who share his interests and values.
Get help parenting a child with ADHD
If you are having trouble parenting a child with ADHD and teaching him the necessary life skills, it may be time to consider therapy. Dr. Allan can help your child cope with the challenges created by ADHD and help you, as a parent, develop strategies to help your child succeed.
If you suspect your child may have ADHD, Dr. Allan can help gather the evidence to perform a careful, comprehensive diagnosis. The assessment is comprehensive and includes all areas of your child’s life including academics, social functioning, and emotional wellness. Often, ADHD occurs with other issues such as anxiety, depression, or substance abuse; Dr. Allan treats all these issues holistically, providing recommendations to your child’s school and support for parents
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