More than 10% of children in the United States, between 3 and 17 years of age, are diagnosed with Attention Deficit Hyperactive Disorder. This means that more than 6 million children have ADHD. If you are in the process of raising a child with ADHD, you know that it can be difficult, but also know that you are nowhere near alone. Here at The Tutoring Center in Long Grove we not only have a tutoring system designed and develop to help captivate the attention of those with ADHD, but we would like to provide you with a few steps you can try at home to make life a little easier for everyone.
All children, but especially those with ADHD, benefit from having a Routine and Structure. As children with ADHD are somewhat lacking in self control, ability to focus, and adapt to situations, routine and structure are exponentially important for them. Allowing them the ability to know what is expected of them, when, and even where, is quite helpful.
Living a Healthy Lifestyle in your home is going to help your child with ADHD immensely. As your children will follow your example it is crucial that you too, commit to living well.
Exercise and Play:
Whether you choose to enroll your children in organized sports or other extracurricular activities like dance or other physical expression, or just ensure they get time outside in active play, is certainly up to you. Above all, you must remember that your children, especially with very active brains, need to participate in physical activities as well.
Be sure that you and your children are eating diets low to moderate in sugary substances, balanced with protein and vitamins they need for their active minds and bodies. Take some time to find out what foods are best to increase brain function, focus, and memory, for your child.
Remember that this is as much about how much sleep your child gets as how well rested your child is. Find out what is best for him or her. Is it better to have a completely silent room or with a fan? What about light? Does your child prefer a night light or complete darkness to sleep well? Finding out this information and helping your child to achieve it, is going to aid in their overall well-being.
Once you have begun enacting these tips in your home, you might find that your child is still in need of some extra assistance academically speaking, and that is OK. The Tutoring Center in Long Grove is ready to help your child achieve the most success possible this school year. Please give us a call at, (847) 383-5654 to find out more about our available programs.