To Sleep, Perchance to Dream: Helping a Child with ADHD Get a Better Night’s Sleep

Research has shown that up to seven of every 10 children with ADHD have clinical sleep disturbances. This is important because disturbed or inadequate sleep can exacerbate the symptoms of ADHD including hyperactivity, impulsivity, or irritability. Here are a number of steps parents can take to help a child with ADHD get a better night’s sleep.

The Hidden Costs of ADHD

Recent research conducted at Florida International University has estimated that on average, families of kids with ADHD spent $15,036 per child—not including medication or therapy—and families of kids without ADHD spent $2,848 over the course of a child’s development. The study aims to alert parents to the importance of early diagnosis and treatment to help reduce the impact on the family.

The ADHD Sibling Effect

Raising a child with ADHD usually requires a great deal of patience and understanding on the part of the parents. But for the siblings, having a brother or sister with ADHD can also be quite a challenge. Here are some tips to help the whole family manage potential difficulties and also have an opportunity to learn positive lessons about empathy, creativity, sharing, and more.

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