Copying with a child with ADHD

What is ADD/ADHD

ADD and ADHD are terms that are associated with particular sets of behaviors that are both physical and spiritual implications associated with those who have been diagnosed with either of these conditions.

What is the difference between ADD and ADHD?

ADD labels individuals wrestling with inattention difficulties. They often makes careless mistakes in schoolwork, often has difficulty sustaining attention in tasks or play activities; often does not seem to listen when spoken to directly; often does not follow through on instructions and fails to finish schoolwork, chores, or duties in the workplace; often has difficulty organizing tasks and activities; often avoids, dislikes, or is reluctant to engage in tasks that require sustained mental effort.

ADHD describes individuals wrestling with inattention in addition to hyperactivity and impulsivity. The individual more than likely fidgets with hands or feet or squirms in seat; often leaves seat in classroom or in other situations in which remaining seated is expected; often runs about or climbs excessively in situations in which it is inappropriate; often has difficulty playing or engaging in leisure activities quietly; talks excessively; often blurts out answers before questions have been completed; has difficulty awaiting turn; often interrupts or intrudes on others (e.g., butts into conversations or games).

My Child has been diagnosed with ADD/ADHD, what do I do now?

When discovering a diagnosis of ADD/ADHD, don't rush out and make all sorts of changes. Initially there needs to be some time to process feelings and reactions. There is every reason to have hope, but before you can start helping you child, you need a little time to come to peace with ones own questions and reactions. There are no quick fixes for attention disorders despite myths about special diets, electronic gadgets, or singular environmental alterations which have not been proven to be helpful with significant numbers of ADD/ADHD children. The good news is that there are many strategies and procedures that can improve your child's behavior, self-esteem and overall quality of life. There are various reasons why children are diagnosed with ADD or ADHD. Keep in my, ADD/ADHD is not a life sentence; treatment can keep it in check.

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Meet the Winstead Family

Take a look at the family above. Can you identify which child has ADHD? In 2002, Greg and D'Etta Winstead adopted Jalyn when he was only two days old. Jalyn was highly exposed to dangerous drugs while in the womb, which has been attributed to his diagnosis of ADHD among other mental illnesses. Over the last 11 years Greg and D'Etta have struggled with the many challenges that come with the diagnosis, however both say that through the struggles they cannot get discourage but to face the situation head on. They take different routes than the average parent to ensure Jalyns success in school, leisure activities, and day-to-day activities. Help did not come to them, they had to go out and find resources and help! The most recent resource they found was a blessing in disguise. After having a horrific fifth grade school year, Jalyn was failing in his school work, having behavior problems in class and on the verge of being held back to retain the grade level, D'Etta heard from a church member about a new private school opening up that only excepted children with ADD/ADHD K-12. This was the perfect atmosphere for Jalyn, so Greg and D'Etta made the financial sacrifice to enter Jalyn into the school. Today Jalyn has straight A's, is on the basketball team at Noble Academy and has overall success in his life right now; he is the son in middle on the left.