ADHD hazards

Those of you who are parents or carers of children with AD/HD will be more than aware of these hazards. The combination of inattention, hyperactivity and impulsiveness all add up to a nerve-wracking combination.

I am sure I am not alone in the fact that I have so many stories to tell of Joe's antics that I just wouldn't know where to start. Each day I awake with a jolt (as Ben pulls me by the nose at 3.30am!) and my very first thought is 'I wonder what Joe is up to?' I invariably am greeted with a bathroom covered in shaving foam (at the least!), a toilet full of toilet rolls, a kitchen full of the remnants of off limit foods and a bundle of love, energy and devilment whooshing past me! Whilst some days I am angry, upset, tired and despondent at such goings on, most days I merely kick myself at the fact that I didn't lock things away well enough, or because one ofthe other children left the kitchen door unlocked, and the most overwhelming feeling when greeted with such destruction is one of relief! Now that may sound strange to many parents, but when you consider the many safety hazards that an impulsive child has access to in a kitchen or around the house, a messy house is a narrow escape. A child with AD/HD may act or react in one way on one day and in another the next. Our children are impulsive and easily led.

What we must do as parents, teachers and carers of children with AD/HD is to don our AD/HD glasses and look at the world through their eyes. Are there any windows with ledges below just begging to be climbed on to? Are there any wires around just asking to be pulled or snipped? Are there any tasty looking tablets or medicines around for them to want to try? Are there any confined spaces just crying out to be climbed into? The list is endless.

I have already mentioned that the need for stimulation puts an AD/HD child in danger of engaging in risk-taking activities, especially in the adolescent years. As parents, carers and professionals, it is our job to teach our children the dangers of drugs, alcohol, fast cars and offending behaviour and let them know that whilst we endeavour to support them and help as much as is humanely possible, ultimately they are the ones who will be held responsible for their actions. As parents we can only ensure that all safety measures are put in place at home when they are younger and work hard with them to instil some sense of self-awareness, in the hope that they can eventually control their impulses sufficiently.

Understanding And Treating ADHD

Understanding And Treating ADHD

Attention Deficit Disorder or ADD is a very complicated, and time and again misinterpreted, disorder. Its beginning is physiological, but it can have a multitude of consequences that come alongside with it. That apart, what is the differentiation between ADHD and ADD ADHD is the abbreviated form of Attention Deficit Hyperactive Disorder, its major indications being noticeable hyperactivity and impulsivity.

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