Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder not only affects your child, it affects the whole family. Many children have heard that they have ADHD yet have no idea what it means or how it affects their life.
Whether your child takes medication or not, our counselors can assist you and your family in not only surviving ADHD, but increasing family harmony.
The goals of ADHD counseling are:
- Identification of the specific type of ADHD (hyperactivity, inattention, impulsivity, or a combination of them).
- Assessing the emotional age of your child and understanding what level of responsibility is realistic for your child.
- Developing organizational systems that work for you and your child increasing your child’s chance of completing chores, homework, and other tasks.
- Developing routines; including morning routines of simply getting dressed, fed and out the door on time.
- Organizing their room in a manner that works with the ADHD instead of against it.
- Teach ADHD specific parenting communication.
- Teach ADHD specific parenting discipline.
- Point out the positives of ADHD.
- How to keep your child’s self-esteem positive when they are experiencing a world in which they feel “nagged at”.
- Increase a child’s understanding of ADHD so they do not feel as if they are a “bad child”.
- Increase sibling understanding and increase positive sibling interactions.
- Help parent and child figure out visual cues that helps child become aware of their behavior in the moment.
- Develop organizational systems between home and school.
Depending on the age of the child, we try to reach these goals through a team approach. It really requires the child to work alongside with us because what works for us, may not work for them. The child can often tell us what would work better for them. This is also a process in which ideas may need to be fine tuned or sometimes completely go back to the drawing board.
Often the child feels empowered with this team approach and no longer feels as if he/she is against the world. They also begin to see that it is the ADHD that people are frustrated with rather than themselves.
And let’s not forget about the parents. ADHD can drive you crazy! It is also our goal to support you and help you develop ongoing support for yourself. It is difficult for others to understand what it is like to raise a child with ADHD, day in and day out. It is our goal to help you find breaks for yourself, develop compassion for yourself, and enjoy your child the way you envisioned.