Life for working parents can be difficult enough with typical kids. When you add to the mix a neuro-developmental disorder like ADHD or Asperger’s Syndrome (ASD), what is ordinarily hectic becomes overwhelming and seemingly unmanageable. There is little down time between work, school meetings, specialist appointments and most significantly the extra time dealing with behaviors caused by these disorders. If this sounds like your life, there are steps you can take to tip the scales back towards a better work-life balance.
Does your family like to make new year’s resolutions? Beginning a new year can be a great time for all of us to revisit our commitments and goals, especially for children with learning and behavioral issues like those associated with ADHD, Asperger Syndrome, and learning disorders. Here are three tips to help kids get focused and involved in their own success:
Practicing gratitude isn’t just good for the soul – it’s good for the brain and body, too. Research links gratitude to many positive outcomes, including improved sleep and decreased depression and stress. Being intentional about gratitude is especially important considering what we know about the effects of pessimism on the brain. Researchers at MIT recently identified the area of the brain responsible for pessimistic thoughts. Stimulating that part of the brain contributes to depression and anxiety.
Many parents are eager to share their child-rearing experiences when they see another person’s child acting out. However, what works for one kid may not work another—especially when yours has a behavioral issue such as ADHD, Sensory Processing Disorder, or a learning disorder, or if your child struggles with meltdowns, focus or confidence. The problem of unsolicited parenting advice often comes to a head during the holidays, when friends and families spend a lot of time in close proximity. So how can you respond to unwarranted recommendations without ruining the holidays?
Stressful and at times chaotic, the holidays present unique challenges for parents raising children with behavioral issues. On a normal day, kids dealing with issues like mood disorders, ADHD, and anxiety disorders may find it difficult to express themselves and deal with social situations. Throw in the whole extended family? You’ve got your hands full.
Parents of kids with behavioral issues and processing disorders know that there’s no such thing as a simple trip to the store when the kids are in tow. Crowds can stress and agitate these children, and stress leads to tantrums and breakdowns. Then there’s the fact that shopping is boring for most kids, especially those who have hyperactive tendencies. Because bored and agitated kids may either act out or wander off, taking them shopping isn’t fun for anyone.
If you’re concerned that too much screen time will hurt your kids, your fears are not unfounded. Multiple studies show links between excessive screen time and negative side effects including eye strain, brain connectivity deficits and even an elevated risk of suicidal thoughts.
The pressure of a perfect homework score can overwhelming, so there is something to be said for embracing mistakes as a learning opportunity. However, there is also a strong case for avoiding errors when you can. Some mistakes are common and easily avoided. Here are five things that will hurt a homework score, and how you can coach your student to steer clear of them.