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The Role of Non-medical Interventions in Attention Deficit Disorders
So it’s confirmed that your child is suffering from Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) or Attention Deficit Disorder (ADD). You now even know the medical interventions that have been prescribed by the doctors. But are you aware of the role that non-medical interventions have to play in attention deficit disorder treatment? Only a proper combination of medical and non-medical interventions can be effective in the treatment of attention deficit disorder.
Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder in Kids
Let’s discuss the role of non-medical intervention in attention deficit disorder treatment. Along with medicines, the child needs to undergo individual and family therapy/counseling from a child psychologist. Most importantly there needs to be perfect coordination among the parents, doctors, teachers and caregivers for successful attention deficit disorder treatment.
Some of the tried and tested non-medical interventions that can be applied by the parents are:
Modification of behavior to help the child control his impulsiveness.
Defining and setting clear expectations and limits for your child.
Using token rewards and praises for reinforcing the desired behaviors from the child.
Refrain from using negative reinforcements and punishments for undesirable behaviors.
Using simple commands for doing daily chores; like not asking him to “clean the room” but breaking the same activity into series of steps:
3. Arranging the clothes in the closets
Using tools like lists, notes, reminders and calendars to break down large tasks or activities into smaller ones.
Allowing the child to see the natural consequences of his actions ( e.g. if he breaks a toy then he will not be able to play with it).
Make him understand the logical consequences of his actions (e.g. if the child is adamant to play with the toys during study hours, instruct him to put the toys away and tell him that if he doesn’t, you will put them away and he would not be able to play with them for the rest of the day).
Withholding privileges enjoyed by your child ( e.g. if the child loves playing on gaming devices or loves watching movies, then disallow him from doing so in case of misbehavior).
Encouraging the child to participate in extracurricular activities.
Providing him with some social skills training.
Try to prepare the child mentally if there is any break in his routine life (e.g. visiting of guests or going on a trip/vacation etc.).
Learning to anticipate what kind of environment can be problematic for your child (e.g. if planning to eat out or go shopping, then be ready with a plan of action).
It is very essential for you to inform the school about the attention deficit disorder of your child. Teachers play very important roles in attention deficit disorder treatment. After consultation with the parent the teachers can help the child by:
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Making him sit close to the teacher’s desk to avoid the child getting distracted.
Using both oral and written instructions for assignments.
Giving single and shorter assignments every time.
Allowing more time to take tests or taking tests that aren’t time bound.
Using oral tests for child with attention deficit disorder.
Assigning “study buddy” in school who can help the child to remind about assignments, what books to be taken, deadlines etc.
Maintaining a school-to-home diary that will facilitate discussion between you and the teachers and may include:
4. Feedbacks on the child’s performance in class, level of attention, ability to take instructions, social interactions with classmates etc.
So now you are informed about the role of non-medical intervention in attention deficit disorder treatment. The understanding and application of these are absolutely crucial for treatment of attention deficit disorder. But most importantly it is your love, care and attention that the child will require to overcome this disorder.
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