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Parenting a Child with Attention Deficit Disorder

Posted Nov 17 2008 9:04pm

Issue: Parenting a child who has ADD can be an exhausting and, at times, frustrating experience. Parents play a key role in managing the disability. They usually need specialized training in behavior management and benefit greatly from parent support groups.

  • Parents often find that approaches to parenting that work well with children who do not have ADD, do not work as well — or at all — with children who have ADD.
  • Parents often feel helpless, frustrated and exhausted. Too often, family members become angry and withdraw from each other. If untreated, the situation only worsens.
  • Children with ADD often need their parents to identify their areas of strength. By focusing on these areas, children can develop the confidence and skills to tackle other, difficult situations.
  • Parents of children who have ADD must work on the task of not overreacting to their children’s mistakes.
  • Parents of children with ADD often find parent support groups, such as those offered by local CH.A.D.D. chapters, an invaluable aid.

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