ADHD Behavior Issues - Tools for Behavioral Change
If you're dealing with ADHD behavior issues, then you are probably at your wit's end. It's frustrating to be unable to help your child and it's probably affecting the level of happiness in your home. In this article, you'll learn about a method that will help you help your child.
To start, imagine a new life for yourself. Imagine your child is happy, doing well at home and in school and is able to listen, learn and control his impulses. What would that mean to you? How would that improve your home life?
Although it will take some work to make this vision come true, ADHD behavior issues can be resolved. All it takes is for you to be open to learning new skills which you can then teach your child. It will also require some dietary changes which will help your child feel better and behave better.
Researchers have known for decades that dyes, preservatives and sugar in processed food affect a child's ability to behave. When a child is hopped up on sugar or worse yet, sugar and caffeine, he can't think straight. The high that this creates can lead to hyperactivity, loss of impulse control and even restlessness and anxiety. Then when the child's blood sugar drops, he will be tired, unable to pay attention and lash out irritably. The dyes and chemicals in processed food can also trigger allergic reactions which makes ADHD worse.
This is why it is essential to feed your child a good diet. Think fresh vegetables and fruit in season and lean meat and fish. Add to this whole grains, nuts, beans, seeds and spices. It is easy to use these ingredients to make healthy, satisfying and delicious meals.
Although eating fresh, whole foods may not stop ADHD behavior issues completely, it will give the brain the nutrients it needs to begin to heal symptoms and certainly won't worsen symptoms like sugary, processed foods. Following a simple dietary plan will help your child regardless of what type of treatment he is taking.
For kids who have difficulty focusing, a program that is designed to teach children how to concentrate for longer and longer periods of time can be extremely helpful. This at-home ADHD behavior program was developed by a psychologist who create the program to teach his son with ADHD how to focus in spite of distractions. It's a fun program that will help your child do better in school.
For those kids with behavioral problems like aggression, back talk, disrespect and defiance, an at-home program can do wonders. These behavior modification programs are designed to teach parents simple coping skills that they can teach their children. By putting these skills into action, you can see immediate improvement in child behavior in some cases and marked improvement in others. Best of all these programs teach coping skills that your child will use throughout his life. Make sure that you find a program designed specifically to change ADHD behavior issues in kids. These programs usually come with a workbook, CDs or DVDs and some even have access to a toll free hotline for any questions you might have.
Although you can take your child to a therapist, the benefit of doing it yourself is that you will create a deeper bond with your child. As your child starts to realize that you have given him the tools to lead a better, happier life, his respect for you will grow. And who knows? By going through the program, you might learn some important coping skills that you can use at work and in your relationships with others. After all, we can all benefit from learning simple techniques that can help us make good choices, behave appropriately, focus in the face of distraction and curb unhealthy impulses.
The use of an at-home program that helps kids with ADHD behavior issues can make a big difference in the lives of children and their parents. Kids who don't know how to interact positively with others need to be taught coping skills, so they can learn how to have good relationships, control impulses, focus, get back on track and lead a healthy, normal life.
Laura Ramirez is an advocate for parents whose kids have ADHD behavior issues that can be helped with an at-home program. For more information, visit her web site.
She is also the award-winning author of the parenting book, Keepers of the Children: Native American Wisdom and Parenting which teaches parents how to raise kids to develop their strengths and lead fulfilling, productive lives.
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