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Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD)

Therapy for ADHD

What is ADHD?

Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (or ADHD) / Attention Deficit Disorder (or ADD) is a neurodevelopmental condition. That is, it is a condition that affects the development of the brain. In fact, studies show that at least 5 different regions of the brain are impacted by ADHD. These include areas to do with emotional regulation, motivation, and reward processing.

How do I get my ADHD child to sleep?

Children with ADHD often experience sleep problems. Most commonly these difficulites include trouble getting to sleep. Paediatricians may prescribe melatonin to help children feel the wave of tiredness associated with the onset of sleep. Psychological therapy can also be of benefit. Behavioural therapy focused on good sleep routines and sleep hygiene greatly benefits children with ADHD.

How do I calm my ADHD child?

Many children with ADHD have a low frustration tolerance and are highly emotionally reactive. Given that their “engines run fast” this reactivity is not suprising. Therapy focusing on physical and emotional regulation helps children with ADHD learn to manage their frustration and reactivity.

How do I get my ADHD child to stop arguing?

Parents often report that their child with ADHD frequently argues or “talks back”, and this is a major cause of conflict within families. Therapy helps families learn healthy patterns of communicating, and help each member to understand the perspectives of others.

How do I get my ADHD child to do homework?

Motivating children with ADHD to do homework or other low reward tasks like chores, is hard. Often parents try reward charts and timers, and break down the homework into smaller steps. These strategies are often helpful. Parents can learn more strategies in therapy to increase their child’s engagement and motivation in low reward tasks.

How do I get my ADHD child to quieten down?

Many children with ADHD are loud, without necessarily realising that they are so. Therapy gives parents and children strategies to raise the child’s awareness of their volume and impact on others, and to reduce that volume.

How do I discipline my child with ADHD?

Many parents find disciplining their child with ADHD hard, often because punishments and negative consequences don’t seem to work. Therapy teaches parents how to approach discipline in a way that reduces conflict in the family and increases compliance from your child.

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