May 4

3 Things You Can Do Every Day to Help a Child with ADHD (Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder)

3 Things You Can Do Every Day to Help a Child with ADHD (Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder)

May 4, 2023

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Like any parent, you want to give your child the best possible chance of success. When your child has ADHD, that often includes treatment plans and doctor visits.

But what can you do, every day, to set your child up for success at school and in their relationships?

These 3 simple tips will help your child more effectively manage their ADHD and have a happier, more successful life, every day of the week.

1. Improve their sleep

If the brain is tired, it goes into a state of “underarousal” to save energy. This makes it harder to focus.

The first step to improving your child’s sleep is to set compassionate but clear boundaries. Help them establish a sleep schedule and bedtime routine.

For more guidance around sleep, watch our interview with Stowell Learning Center’s LD Expert Live.

2. Reduce their sugar intake

Too much sugar can lead to a state of overarousal in the brain. This will cause the mind to jump from idea to idea, or activity to activity, and it will be difficult to settle down and focus on school work or any one activity.

Beyond the spike, sugar also leads to a blood sugar crash. This fatigues the child and brings the brain into a sleepy,  underaroused state.

The brain needs continuous levels of energy to perform at its best, without spikes or crashes. Sugar is not a good source of continuous energy.

What to eat instead for energy

Start the day with protein and fats. These will provide your child with a continuous stream of energy throughout the day.

A good example is the old-fashioned “farmer’s breakfast” with a few modern twists: serve a slice of whole-wheat bread, eggs, bacon or ham, and avocado.

Make sure to include protein in all of your meals, in addition to healthy greens.

3. Focus on emotional connections

For children, emotional connections to their parents are extremely important. Their whole concept of the world is based heavily on their relationship with you.

Spend time playing with your child. Cuddle up to watch a favorite movie. Teach them a new skill. By building memories and spending time being close, your child will feel their world is safe and secure.

This helps a child settle down into calmer behaviors, allowing their brain more of a chance to focus. Scheduling play time with other children is helpful, as well, but working on your relationship with your child and making positive memories has a huge impact.

Want to learn more about attention?

Watch our interview with LD Expert Live, sponsored by Stowell Learning Centers, and learn more about understanding attention and focus in children.

What are your child’s biggest ADHD challenges? Find out by taking this quiz.

Fill out this questionnaire and we’ll help you discover your child’s unique symptom profile.

At Vital, we’ve helped hundreds of students  access higher levels of brain function for less stress, more success. With our personalized brain training, you will get to know your brain, and know how best to improve your child’s ADHD symptoms.

With a more calm and focused mind, they’ll have the resilience to meet the challenges of today, and be ready to conquer the challenges of tomorrow.

Start your child’s journey to improved brain function today.