6 ACTION STEPS
Start investigating treatments and therapies that include talking to your pediatrician, researching medications and supplements, and exploring behavioral therapy or skill building learning. If you are considering medications research what the different types are their side effects (short term and long term), the warning signs for when your child is not taking the correct medication, and how the medication will impact their overall and behavior.
Advocate in the classroom. Talk with your child’s teacher about scheduling a meeting to discuss your child’s ADHD medical report if the school did not do their own evaluation. Often having an outside diagnosis can help activate an IEP or 504 plan where support and modifications will be discussed to help your child. Make sure to stay in touch with the specialist at your child’s school and their pediatrician to track any changes in their ADHD over time. Watch to see changes over time and whether or not support/services are effective or need to change as your child develops.
Talking with your child about their ADHD diagnosis is critical to enhance their own understanding, controlling the narrative of what they understand to reduce chances of stigmas to impact their self-confidence. Support your child’s self-awareness by helping them recognize how their ADHD struggles. Through understanding how their unique symptoms manifest and impact their life this will allow them to advocate for themselves in school.
Children with ADHD are at higher risk for mental health issues as well as pervasive struggles with managing their emotions. Educate yourself on the signs of mental health issues like anxiety and depression. Many kids with ADHD also have executive functioning deficiencies that can add additional challenges to their everyday life. Discovering what those are unique to your child and then strategies to cope can help them with their problems whether they are organizational, impulse control, or many of the other common symptoms.
Here are signs and symptoms your child may exhibit:
- Impulsiveness or Inappropriateness with their behavior or responses in school or social situations
- Easily distracted and Difficulties with staying on task
- Inability to find the right way to say something
- Erratic performance in school
- Speaking in an Immature way
- Inability to listen well
- Resistance to change and new things
- Processing words or concepts can be challenging