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my 5 year old grandson has recently been diagnosed with ADHD.Since i care for him 5 days a week after school and summer camp, i could use some advise in disciplining, diet, etc.
His single mother does not seen to want to get involved- she got him evaluated, started him on medicine and now seems to want the school and others to take it from there.
I need help ! He is a loving child but seems to have a “deaf ear:, is headstrong and outright defiant at times.
Please give whatever help you can.
Thanks

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I use a lot of reward systems for my 8 year old son. I use daily rewards such as treasure box, time on his Wii, time on the computer or cell phone. I also use the point system. If he gets a certain amount of points he gets a reward at the end of the week.

Posted by Chelley on Jul 08, 2014 at 3:35pm

Hi Delly!

It’s so great that you are here looking for ways to help him. There are a plethora of articles on ADDitudeMag.com. I’m going to copy in a few articles below that are a good starting point for you.

1. As far as diet and nutrition, you want to avoid artificial ingredients and add extra protein: http://www.additudemag.com/slideshow/62/ and http://www.additudemag.com/adhd/article/6552.html.

2. Discipline is tough with kids with ADHD. Most parents find that focusing on the positive is more successful than punishing the negative. There are some discipline and behavior strategies here: http://www.additudemag.com/adhd/article/10507.html and http://www.additudemag.com/adhd/article/771.html.

3. Kids with ADHD often seem like they aren’t listening when spoken to. I’ve found with my son that he often is listening but just doesn’t show the traditional signs of listening, like eye contact and answering. Experts often suggest gently placing your hand on the child’s shoulder when you speak to them. You can also ask him to repeat instructions back to you so you know he understands what to do.

It takes time, and there’s a learning curve, but you will discover the best ways to help him.

Penny
ADDconnect Moderator, Author & Mom to Tween Boy with ADHD and LDs

Posted by adhdmomma on Jul 08, 2014 at 5:16pm

Penny, thank you so much for your help. I will read and hopefully follow some of the suggestions.
I just wish there was a support group locally.
Thanks,
Delly

Posted by Delly on Jul 08, 2014 at 8:01pm

Chelley, Thank you for your suggestions. will put them into practice.
Delly

Posted by Delly on Jul 08, 2014 at 8:04pm

Reach out to your local CHADD chapter and look on meetup for local support groups.

Penny
ADDconnect Moderator, Author & Mom to Tween Boy with ADHD and LDs

Posted by adhdmomma on Jul 09, 2014 at 2:46pm

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