There are many strategies that parents can use to treat their child’s ADHD symptoms. At Therapy Solutions, our mental health therapists are ready to help you implement effective ways to help your child control her impulsiveness, hyperactivity, and inattentiveness.
In-clinic treatments, combined with at-home strategies, are helpful at improving an ADHD child’s overall behavior. For more information, consult with one of our Dickinson, Killdeer, and Richardton, ND therapists today!
Environmental factors in behavior
Parent involvement is essential for the combined treatment methods to work. Our team can educate parents on how creating a structured environment will help keep the child on track.
Some actions you can take at home to promote healthy and positive behavior with your child include:
Set up predictable rituals at home to help your child know what to expect. Hang up a schedule for your child to view, creating a visual for what time he or she is waking up each morning, doing homework, exercising, playing, bathing, eating meals, and going to bed. In the beginning of the treatment plan, it may be best to keep afterschool activities to a minimum to avoid overwhelming the child. Our integrated care team can help you set this up this daily routine schedule after your child’s treatment plan has been created.
Better sleeping habits
Getting enough sleep each night will help your child stay focused during the day. Bedtimes need to be consistent with a wind-down period beforehand. Consistent daily exercise as prescribed by our movement specialists can help with this, as exercise will allow your child to release his or her energy and welcome sleep at the end of the day. A relaxing bath and/or story before bed may also be good rituals to start, as they can help your child wind down. Avoid screen time before bed since this may make it difficult for the child to become sleepy.
There are several techniques that our team, along with the child’s parents, employ to alter the child’s negative behavior at home and at school. One method is positive reinforcement. The basis of this technique is to catch the child doing something good and reward the behavior. The reward can be as simple as allowing for extra play time as a result of completing a homework assignment. This type of reward is a win/win, as it allows the child to recognize acceptable behavior and rewards a job well done with physical activity – two things that help tremendously with the treatment of pediatric disorders.
At Therapy Solutions, we can help
Our Dickinson, Killdeer, and Richardton, ND mental health therapists can work with you to supply your child with all the tools that he or she needs to manage ADHD symptoms and thrive.
We will help teach your child self-control and confidence, so he or she can learn to succeed independently. Contact Therapy Solutions today to learn more.