How do you keep a child with ADHD busy?
Shaz - posted on 05/05/2011
i agree with u corrie that its not good to have too many options because of a short attention span etc & my son does 'drift' off.that is why we plan a few things a day & also do spur of the moment things,especially things he is interested in.on the other hand not every1 is exactly the same as there are different types but i DO know that in my sons case to a certain level he likes certain routines so he knows whats what & when otherwise he starts to feel very insecure! it also depends on what the child likes doing etc..making things which my son does so we spend time making different things out of different materials.not at any time do our 'routines' make him feel he's forced to do something at certain times..in his case it helps him feel more secure! after all its the child that comes 1st & i want whats best for my child as i'm sure we all do & we all have our opinions wether based on experience or not
Corrie - posted on 05/05/2011
Well i have ADHD and i can tell you from my experiences as a child that NOT having too many options is a good thing.
That might not make a lot of sense, but if i had the oppertunity to drift off i would. I liked to have something to focus on. Things that are different really appealed to me as well. I tended to look after myself a lot and i turned to reading and writing by the age of 12/13 and i played various instruments so there was always practicing time.
If he has any interest in a sport that might help, If there are any classes available or you can indulge him.
I watched a lot of films... If you want to avoid games and films, then books are always an option.
Otherwise, tapping into the hyperactivity in a productive way is great, gardening, cooking, messy art projects, excersize... etc. Having specific times for specific things isn't always a good thing either...
Basically if you feel forced to do something at a certain time you can resent having to do it.
Impulse decisions are often great for harnessing attention.
everybody with ADHD has an interest or interests that can keep them focused and busy for hours. It may take a long long time to figure it out but once you do latch onto it and make everything (including his schooling) circle around it. It will make his life a lot easier and bring you some peace of mind.
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