As a parenting coach, one aspect of my job is to aid parents in discovering who their child is? A typical question that I am often asked is, do you think something is wrong? For me, as a mental health clinician, that question is not easy to answer.
When advising parenting, I look at the child’s development in contrast to their peers. Development in childhood and adolescent looks different compared to adulthood. If a child is 15 years old but developmental behaves like 11 years old, it is a big deal; however, if a 36-year-old acts like a 32-year-old, it’s no big deal. Therefore, when I am asked this question if my child will catch up? My answer is eventually YES. Which means at some point it won’t matter. However, the social and emotional connection lost during these years will impact their overall development and self-esteem.
Why get tested?
Getting your child tested will provide answers to both of you. If your child is struggling socially, having a hard time with big emotions, or can’t seem to remember anything receiving an ADHD diagnosis can free mental energy and help with parenting frustrations. Understanding the reason behind the behaviors can alleviate unnecessary struggles that you are experiencing with your child.
Learning that your child has ADHD can become the moment when things start to improve in your home. You can begin to implement changes to their routine to help them adapt to their learning style. Creating a check-list and having a routine will help your child manage the symptoms of ADHD.
Your kid may be having a hard time at school and it’s due to their ADHD. Getting them tested will allow you to access accommodation to help them within the academic setting. Some children with ADHD have higher than average IQ, yet it is not properly demonstrated due to the behavioral symptoms that can lead them to feel less confident at school. While your child may lack to ability to focus, they may not lack intelligence.
Learning that your child has ADHD can open a world that may not have otherwise existed for you as a parent. Knowing how your child takes in information can connect you with other individuals struggling with the same thing. The ADHD community is vast, and you can find ways to connect with other parents to help manage and find coping skills together.
The severity of your child’s ADHD or the type will determine what type of intervention is best. They may be able to manage it with Psychotherapy or find relief through medication with a Psychiatrist. A Psychologist can help your child with coping skills, so they learn what exactly are the specific triggers for them, and how to respond to those triggers. A psychiatrist can properly medicate your child if psychotherapy is not sufficient to manage symptoms.