By Glenn Murray
5 Ways to Deal With ADHD
With more of our youths suffering ADHD, stress syndromes, unemployment, depression, drug use, crime and higher rates of youth suicide than ever before, today's parents and teachers are finding their roles more and more difficult.
According to renowned family relationships specialist Marguerite Clancy, there are no overnight solutions for issues such as ADHD, but there are a few quick things struggling parents can do now to start dealing with it.
• Get into a routine and stick to it (try to include fun times and laughter).
• Set up a punching bag or get your child playing sports like gymnastics, Taekwondo or soccer.
• Be consistent with discipline and offer rewards where appropriate.
• Use positive language, keep directions short and maintain calm.
• Agree on consequences for behavior together.
"There are many options available to parents and caregivers,” Clancy says. “It is important to show love and respect and to lead by example. There are also many forms of therapy available to help that don't rely on medication."
Clancy recommends sand play therapy, a well-established technique for enhancing emotional growth through play.
She suggests that parents encourage their child to use toys to represent things that are bothering them. Dolls, action figures, cars, balls and even blocks can all be used to represent people, objects and everyday situations that may be very hard for the child to put into words.
"You'd be surprised what problems your child is experiencing – many of them would be things you'd never have even dreamed of,” Clancy says. "By recognizing the significance of imaginary play, you give your child a way to express themselves using a language they're fluent in."
According to Clancy, parents can then talk about these problems with their child. Then if they're still experiencing problems, they may want to try a punching bag or a sport. "With an easier way to communicate and an outlet for your child's frustrations, you should find it far easier to figure out how to improve your situation."
© Glenn Murray
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