Children with ADHD can be just as caring as other kids. Their lack of impulse control and inattentiveness around other people can make it appear as if they don’t care what others think, feel or say. There are a number of things you can do to help strengthen empathy in your ADHD child.
Kids (and adults) with ADHD often need something to help them feel settled so they can sustain their attention and focus. So-called fidget toys are a way to accomplish this. These are gadgets that activate different sensory areas without being too disruptive to others. Fidget toys come in many types.
Much of what we hear about ADHD and ADD has to do with its negative impacts – the affected individual’s difficulty focusing, paying attention, or controlling impulses. However, being diagnosed with ADHD does not have to be bad news. Each symptom has both a negative and a positive aspect. Identifying and using these “mirror traits” can help you reach your full potential.
For many children with ADHD, sitting still is a near impossible task. Their constant physical activity can be frustrating for parents and difficult for teachers when a child’s hyperactivity disrupts a class. But there are a number of simple techniques parents can use to help their ADHD child harness their energy and accomplish their goals.
Social intelligence is our ability to interact effectively with others in any given environment. Social IQ is a measure of that ability. Unlike the intelligence quotient (IQ) score, social IQ is variable throughout one’s life and can be improved with practice. Children with ADHD face special challenges in social situations. But with the help of their parents, and some hard work, they can overcome those challenges, boost their social IQ, and enjoy more effective personal interactions.
Does this sound familiar? You think ADHD coaching would be good for your daughter to try but she doesn’t want to have anything to do with your suggestions. You aren’t alone. It can be an uphill battle to get a teen or college student to try out something that their parent recommends. Here are some tips to help motivate your teen.
Have you ever said, “I might as well not try, I won’t be able to do it right anyway?” Or how about, “my work on this project really sucks, I’ll just hide it under my bed and forget about it.” Ever obsess about a detail nobody else ever notices? Perfectionism + ADHD can equal disaster! Here are some things to keep in mind when you find yourself mired in perfectionism.
Here at Edge we talk a lot about how an ADHD coach can help you learn the skills you need to succeed in school. But what about after you get out of school? In this post, we provide some excellent advice from expert Ned Hallowell on how to get started figuring out what you want to do when you get out of school.