August 22, 2012 5:44 am
Some of the behavioral problems such as lack of concentration, forgetfulness, or boredom are symptoms of one of these two conditions. The hyperactivity is more of a problem with teenagers or even adults who have ADHD than for those who have ADD.
Of course, teenagers cannot use their ADD or ADHD as an excuse to misbehave, disrupt class or tell off a parent. They need to be disciplined in order to help them correct their behavior, maybe by thinking about enrolling in an engaging teen treatment center.
Of course, the question that remains is how can ADD and ADHD issues get resolved? What is the best way to train a child who suffers this condition to behave properly?
Here are some tips on how to handle children or teens afflicted with ADD or ADHD:
• Be stern and firm with the child or teen no matter how much the child reacts back. Then, discipline accordingly and always follow through with enforcing consequences of harmful or defiant behavior.
• Give the child structure by giving him or her a schedule. This daily or weekly schedule can include times when chores should be done as well as when homework should be done. Certain blocks of time for breaks or free time could also be added to this schedule.
• Make sure the child or teen is challenged in some way. This is very important because many people think that ADD or ADHD children are just not that intelligent. However, they are often so smart that they become easily bored. Draw out the genius in them and encourage them to always create or learn something new.
• Keep them as busy as possible. If they are busy doing constructive activities such as playing an instrument, creating art work, building a computer, or joining clubs they will stay out of trouble. Schools often provide extracurricular activities that can help resolve ADD or ADHD issues by keeping them occupied.
Source: Eagle Ranch Academy
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