Once a child has been diagnosed with Attention Deficit Disorder, one may feel a bombardment of emotions: guilt, for feeling responsible; relief, for understanding the cause of the child’s behavior; or anger. As one sort through all of the emotions, it is important to understand the child’s position is not a hopeless one. Many things can be done to help the child reach their full potential and to deal with the disorder.
The first thing one should do to help the child is research ADD; learn everything one can learn about the disorder. One will be more helpful to the child if fully understand what they are up against, common treatments, and what to expect down the road. One will also be more prepared to work with the child’s doctor in effective management of the disorder.
One should also decide, with the help of the doctor, if the child should be medicated. This is a personal decision and can only be made by the family. Some parents feel they are giving their child the best opportunity they can by providing a means to a normal life. Others feel as though medication is not an option. Whatever the decision, one should be educated and certain of the decision.
Regardless of if one use medication, one should implement certain behavior therapy guidelines to help the child control their behavior. These train the child to utilize lifelong skills to be effective and productive. One should have set behavior guidelines, as well as consequences. Children with ADD need clear expectations and consistent discipline.
One should be supportive of the affected child; the parents are their best advocate. In school, be sure they are being treated in a manner that
will ensure their growth and development, as well as at home. One should consider yourself, your child’s teachers, and doctors a part of a team whose goal is to help the child succeed.
Help the child grow to be a confident and happy person. Acknowledge their strengths and tell them how much you love them. Children with ADD often suffer depression and low self-esteem; if you know this is the case, take measures to help avoid this fate for the child. Seek professional help if necessary.
Consider joining a support group and seek out people that share ones situation. Often the best advice one can take is from someone that has been in similar shoes. Utilize life experience!