How Counseling Can Help Your Child With ADHD

As a child counselor, I love to start my sessions with kids from a position of relationship building. This means that I remove the hat of thinking that I am in the session to tell my client was to do.

 

I instead lean into a teamwork approach. This may mean that I am on the floor playing a board game with my client as a way to learn more about each other. We take time and nurture a healthy therapeutic relationship.

 

When working with kids that meet the criteria for Attention Deficit Hyperactive Disorder, I like to provide education. Teaching and showing kids what ADHD is, the symptoms, and how ADHD shows up in life. Such as when in school or at home.

 

Common symptoms of ADHD include:

  • Difficulty with completing tasks. This can take place when your child is trying to finish a homework assignment and before you notice it they become distracted.
  • A struggle with time management. Your child may display a difficulty with keeping up with their duties, chores, and tasks such as those related to school or recreational activities.
  • Struggling to pay attention. This can take place when you are speaking to your child and their attention goes in a different direction.
  • Difficulty with sitting still. Such as trying to sit still in the classroom or while having dinner with the family.
  • Low performance. At times kids may notice that they are not able to perform at their optimal level in the classroom or sports due to ADHD. What can take place is that your child tries to complete a quiz and during the process struggles to retrieve memory connected to the questions being asked.
  • Poor planning. Your child may experience a challenge with planning their schoolwork or day-to-day activities. This can often lead to a decrease in self-confidence.

 

 

Ways counseling can help your child with ADHD

  • Counseling can provide your child with education on understanding and recognizing the symptoms of ADHD. This can help your child with learning to implement appropriate coping skills versus allowing the symptoms to create negative changes in life.
  • Counseling can give your child healthy coping skills to address ADHD symptoms.
  • Counseling can help your child create a structure to address ADHD.
  • Counseling can help your child increase their self-esteem and self-confidence versus feeling less than due to ADHD.

 

Are you ready to start counseling?

Call the counseling office at 336-663-6570 or email [email protected].

 

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