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Kids With ADD/ADHD Should Receive Excellent Home Care Services

June 7, 2012

Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) is a type of developmental disorder which affects between 8-12 percent of children. It is characterized by behavioral problems such as inattention, hyperactivity, and impulsiveness. Attention deficit disorder (ADD) is a subtype of ADHD and lacks the hyperactive or impulsive features of ADHD.

Symptoms of ADD/ADHD will show in very young children, some of whom tend to suffer from symptoms well into adulthood. Some kids with ADD/ADHD develop coping mechanisms when growing up so effectively as to lessen symptoms or even outgrow them. However, experts believe that symptoms of ADD/ADHD in adults manifest only in other ways such as anxiety, restlessness, or procrastination.

ADD/ADHD is a chronic condition that affects all facets of life. Kids with ADD/ADHD often have problems at school because of poor attention and lack of focus or for being disorganized or unruly in class. These students do not fare well academically and eventually drop out and withdraw from formal schooling. Meanwhile, adults with ADD/ADHD may exhibit anxiety in everyday social situations and become socially withdrawn. Some cannot manage to hold down a job for a good period of time and have poor relationships.

People with ADD/ADHD need constant support from family and friends. Very young children with this condition are especially vulnerable and may require almost 24/7 supervision. Aside from medical care, home care is also emphasized by doctors in dealing with ADD/ADHD. Families are willing to help but unfortunately time and energy are often not enough to devote for caring for loved ones with ADD/ADHD.

That is why professional home care services can give families much needed help in supervising kids with ADD/ADHD. It is exhausting to monitor a child and caregivers can give you that needed rest. While away from home, you can be rest assured that your kid is being monitored by licensed and trustworthy caregivers.

Some ways that these home carers help your loved with ADD/ADHD include:

Ensuring safety

Because they are hyperactive, kids with ADD/ADHD are prone to accidents and injuries at home. A home caregiver will make sure that your kids do not go anywhere near poisonous chemicals, power tools, or a dangerous environment such as a swimming pool unsupervised. When biking or playing at the yard, the care provider will make sure your child wears protective equipment to protect from falls.

Implementing routine

Those with ADD/ADHD behave better in a well-structured environment following a set routine. Home care professionals enforce this routine and introduce minimal changes so that hyperactivity and unruly behavior is lessened. A routine schedule of activities of meals, naps, study time, and recreation will help the child focused and engaged.

Helping with lessons and activities

In addition, a professional home care provider may also help tutor your kids. Short and simple lessons and learning activities are best to complement a special education teacher’s lessons. The provider follows the teaching plan created by the child’s teachers and therapists with you as parents. Even while you are away, your child can benefit from these specially-prepared educational programs with the help of home care professionals.

Diet and medication

A good, balanced diet that is free from stimulants like caffeine, additives, and sugary foods may help reduce symptoms of ADD/ADHD. Home caregivers are trained to prepare meals that are consistent with the dietary plan for your kids. They will make sure your child takes their prescribed medication on time, an important part of ADD/ADHD treatment.

Keeping things organized

Home care providers will keep things organized and ensure that clutter at home is kept to a minimum. In this way, there are a few distractions in the environment which can trigger symptoms of hyperactivity and disorganized behavior. Familiar and safe surroundings at home will help your child behave well.

Love and support

Perhaps most importantly for those with ADD/ADHD is to receive good feedback and support all the time. As a parent, you always want to encourage your kids despite their failures at school or failing at simple tasks. Unfortunately, you may be busy with your career and must place your trust on home care professionals. These professionals know what your children with ADD/ADHD needs, including emotional support, in case you are not around. This will build self-esteem and instill the right kind of discipline for your kids.

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