Caring for the Child with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder

With nearly 2.5 million children diagnosed with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, the need for appropriately trained educators and care providers has increased dramatically. ADHD is a behavioral disorder that affects attention span, hyperactivity, along with social and learning disabilities. Untreated or undiagnosed adults with ADHD find it hard to find and maintain employment, relationships, or finances. Though medication has sometimes been proven effective, in children the best opportunity for success is early intervention.

The symptoms of ADHD often are detected in preschool. The symptoms can sometimes be dormant and emerge when the child reaches the age of nine or ten years old. This is the best time to institute behavioral therapy. In some cases, applied behavior analysis, often used in the treatment of autism, can be helpful to the a child with ADHD. This is a far more superior method as opposed to using medication. The effects of long term medication use in treatment of ADHD are still unknown. Recent studies also suggest a possible link to diet, suggestive of gluten, food dyes, and additives.

Patience is a virtue for the parent and the caregiver working with a child with ADHD. Children can often exhibit excessive talking, fidgeting, and difficulties playing quietly. They are also often unable to complete tasks and do not seem to listen. Knowing the signs and understanding the root cause of the display of symptoms will enable you to take necessary actions for the care of the child.

Some believe that children with ADHD should receive special education services. Getting an individualized educational plan, or IEP for these children has not been met with success, efforts are underway to change this. Thus, the need for caregivers seems to grow, specifically those with additional training in disorders such as ADHD, are in extremely high demand.

Respite care has become essential in the lives of parents with special needs. Often these programs are run by highly qualified individuals with experience in working with children on all level’s of this spectrum. Groups are available to exchange information, tips, and daycare arrangements. These groups can be found online and through community registrations.

A good amount of coursework in psychology is useful for any caregiver or nanny to qualify sufficiently to care for a child with ADHD. A good understanding of the condition, medications that may be involved, and possibly the difference between ADHD and depression. Those two conditions have been known to mimic one another, especially in the teenage years.

Children are to be monitored closely in specific areas where problems are initiated. At home or in the playground, children with ADHD. Sometimes there is a need for tutoring and guidance from a special education specialist in or outside the home. The parents often arm themselves with the knowledge and skills required, to lovingly assist their children through the social and educational difficulties that may arise. Skilled respite, daycare providers and nannies are invaluable assets!

Medically-knowledgeable caregivers offer support for many children with disabilities. Dietary understanding is important in any caregiver, as ADHD children are prone to a display of symptoms when exposed to caffeine, sugars, or processed foods. This is the case for many special needs children, or any other child for that matter.

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