Hey everyone, thanks for coming back to read another one of my blogs. In one of my previous entries I wrote about that I may be slightly touched with Adult ADHD. My inattentiveness to details, scatter brained, cant seem to focus to what I was reading, terrible procrastination and among other symptoms. I dont see any symptoms in my daughter yet but I will be keeping a close on her for any of these traits. Well, in my online research I also stumbled upon other ADHD topics. One of these topics is ADHD in children, specifically activities for these young sufferers. And this is what I have found.
A child with ADHD will try hard to concentrate at school, stay organized, and play cooperatively. It isn’t easy for their young minds. So mixing up their routine with fun time activities and to bolster their confidence is important. But before you sign your child up for guitar lessons or soccer, there are a few things I have noticed some experts recomend you do first. You must find the best after school activity thats best “suited” for your child. Be open minded because every child is different. Is he or she into the contact sports? I used to play hockey as a child and as a young man and it’s not for everyone, it can get rough. Maybe they would be best suited for creative activities like arts or a musical instrument. Ask them what they prefer.
And stick to a routine. Children with ADHD will benefit from regular structured routines. Structure their school work and play activities around each other to a common daily activity. If the activity is taking up too much school work or regular home chores maybe only have the activity a weekend thing only. That way your child can enjoy the activity without stressing about homework or chores.
Maybe choose activiities with limited diversions, a team sport might not be best suited for an ADHD child. Or maybe it is. Some child with a slight ADHD problem wont let it be a handicap. Again, ask what they want to do. Fewer children in an activity might help your child with focus and give her more one-on-one support from the adult in charge.
Balancing school work, chores and any other after school activities might be a challenge for any child. Try not to over schedule activities. Start off slowly, if a guitar lesson once per week is easily handled by your child without encroaching on any responsibilities then schedule two lessons per week and take it from there. What I’m getting from these articles I have read is confidence building. Kids with ADHD often struggle with school and it’s important that build self esteem and confidence.
Whatever the activity it would help if the coach or instructor is familiar with working with ADHD children or atleast willing to work with your child’s condition. ADHD kids can get forgetful and their little minds may wander, so a little praise will go a long way. Pat them on the back and encourage them whenever you can. Talk with other parents with ADHD children, thay can be great resource as far as after school activities. Introduce yourself and you will be surprised with the help and support you get.
Now I’m not a Dr or claim to give any medical advise. But I do recall these symptoms as a child and adolescent which eventually led me to quit High School. It really followed me through into my adulthood and if I can help someone in their young lives that would make me so happy.
P.S. I have managed to work through these symptoms and gained an incredible amount of confidence myself. FYI I took some courses and studied to get my GED which is the High School equivalency in the Province of Ontario. Wrote the test and I’m glad and proud to say that ‘I PASSED”. I was so proud.
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