Right now, schools are closed across the nation, and many are not posed to reopen until next fall. That means that your child is stuck at home right now, going to school from home and getting all their entertainment from home. This is a challenging situation for any child and can be even more challenging if your child has ADHD. Luckily, there are lots of strategies you can use to help your child through this big change to their life.
Tip #1: Find Out What Your Child Is Thinking
First, you need to make sure you are really addressing your child's emotional needs. Ask them what they are thinking about and what they are feeling. Do not assume that your child is processing and understanding the news around them in the same way that you are.
When you talk with your child, really listen to what your child has to say. Believe what your child says to you and reassure your child about what is happening in the world.
Tip #2: Give Your Child Extra Support
Second, you need to make sure you are giving your child extra support. Children with ADHD are usually sensitive to what is happening around them. Your child may take in the stress around them more than you might.
Realize what is happening to your child and be there for your child. Try to work to reduce your stress as well, as your child may be picking up and responding to the stress that you and your family are carrying.
Tip #3: Help Your Child Develop the Right Coping Skills
Third, you are going to need to help your child develop their coping skills. There are various ways to help your child develop coping skills.
Listen to your child and validate your child's feelings. Let them know that their emotions are normal and that it is okay for them to feel whatever they are feeling.
Remind your child of ways your child or your family got through other challenging situations. Reminding your child they have gotten through other challenges can help empower your child to figure out how to get through whatever challenges they are dealing with right now.
Also, redirect your child's attention to other things. Redirection is a great way to help your child see that there are other things they can focus on.
Tip #4: Give Your Day Some Structure
Finally, make sure you are still giving your day some structure. You don't have to plan everything out minute by minute, but you should develop a routine your child can depend on, especially since your child is likely to be home until school starts at the end of August or beginning of September. All children, especially those with ADHD, appreciate having structure.
Help your child cope with the coronavirus lockdown by asking your child what they are thinking and feeling, and really listening. Be aware of how stress impacts your child and give them extra support. Help your child develop coping skills and give your day some structure. Continue to work with the professionals who help support your child as well. These are smart tips to help with parenting any child, but especially a child with ADHD, right now.
For more ADHD help, contact a counselor in your area.