How to Deal with a Person You Suspect Has ADD or ADHD

Does your kid have ADD OR ADHD? Or do you have someone you suspect has ADD or ADHD? This is mainly addressing teenagers.

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    Get them involved in many sports and extra activities. Music is very good for people with ADD or ADHD.
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    Never yell at them. They will be very upset. Try saying everything in a calm voice, yet firm. Always listen to their side, and respect it. Think about what they have to say.
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    Always try their options, most people won't understand why you are saying "no" to their idea until, you show them, and they can see from their point of view why it is bad.
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    Never ever think that your kid is dumb or stupid. People with ADHD or ADD are brilliant. Although they have problems doing certain things, they are very smart.
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    Respect their dreams. Since their creativity is big, let them be whatever they want. Help them make their dreams come true. Even if it being on Disney channel or being a famous musician. Go along with it. Their success will surprise you, very much.
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    Always respect their opinion. If they dislike you doing something try to stop it immediately. Unless it is needed.
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    Hire tutors
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    Make sure they never quit. When something bad happens suddenly, they feel that they are worthless and stop caring about everything. Make sure that NEVER happens.
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    Watch their teachers carefully, if a teacher is very strict and keeps making your kid feel bad make sure they get switched immediately.
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    Watch out for all bullies. Bullies can make your kid lose control. If there is ever a bully mentioned you have to go straight to the principle and get the problem solved immediately.
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    Hire a special tutor. Special tutors know ways to improve their concentration and behavior.
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    Create a chart. Never let your teenager see it. They will feel as if they are being punished and treated like little kids and they will dislike that. Put on the chart what bothers you most. Grades? If they get straight A's that week reward them with something they did not have already. Like a $5 to target or Starbucks. If you reward them with something they had before they will feel bad and punished. Like Tv time.
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    If you want them to get less of something they already have, NEVER take it away, instead, try to distract them from it. For example: If your kid watches tv all day long, instead of taking the remote, try making them join a sport. It will take up their time, be very healthy, and they won't feel like they are being punished.
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    Some teenagers don't like knowing or being reminded that their ADHD or ADD. So make sure not to mention it to them.
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    If they need help with something, always rescue them.
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    Do everything to help them build their confidence, if they are over weight and that bothers them, sign them up for a gym. When they lose weight they will be very happy and satisfied. If they dislike something, find a way to fix it.
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    Have a strict schedule. This will help them a lot. But make a schedule that both of you agree with.
    • 1 Hour of exercises is an absolute need.
    • Something like theater for teenagers is a good idea. It will help them to be able to perform in front of people, and gain confidence in talking, presenting, and being friendly.
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    Let your kid compete. Sometimes, when your teenager wins at something, it proves something themselves.
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    Always talk to your kid. Engage in conversations.
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    Love your kid, and remind them that you love them everyday.
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    Give them hugs everyday.
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    We all know that siblings insult each other, but keep hurtful comments away from your kid. It could really destroy their ego.
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    Eat healthy.
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    Never do anything they dislike in public. It might embarrass them.
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    Let them have their freedom.
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    Always have at least 20 minutes of you and them time.
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    Discuss everything you do with your kid.
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    Never blame or insult your kid. Sometimes they can't help it. That is just the way they function.

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Categories: Attention and Developmental Disorders