Coping Skills For Living With ADHD For Children
In my previous article, I discussed ways for individuals with ADHD to cope with ADHD, for children and adults. In this article, I will expand upon this topic and focus particularly on ways for children to cope with ADHD. They include attending a summer social skills camp, distraction, and going to the beach for the weekend.
Attend A Social Skills Camp
Now that summer is approaching and the school year is ending, consider having your child join a summer social skills camp. A summer social skills camp will add structure to your child’s daily routine and also enable your child to learn effective, coping skills through social skills. They will learn to interact with children and adults in an effective manner. They will also learn to make lasting friendships with children their own age.
In addition to spending the summer at a social skills camp, consider engaging in the DBT technique of distraction. You can simply go outside with your child and go for a walk and enjoy the outdoors now that the weather is nicer. If you want to get really creative, you can make a day out of the activity and go for a walk in the park. You can even have a picnic in the park and enjoy your lunch.
Go To The Beach For The Weekend
In addition to joining a summer social skills camp and engaging in DBT distraction exercises, another coping skill that can aid children in managing ADHD symptoms is going with their parents to the beach. Parents can plan a weekend vacation to the beach with their child. If their child is too young for the beach, their is also the mini-ocean. This is a relaxing way for you and your child to get away for the weekend during the summer months. Plus, it still enables your child to have structure in their life.
To end this article, this article has focused on three specific ways for children with ADHD to cope with the symptoms of ADHD. They include attending a summer social skills camp, engaging in DBT distraction exercises, in addition to going to the beach for the weekend. Through going to the beach for the weekend, your child can gain social skills to develop more effective relationships with others. Through distraction, your child can learn to stay in the moment more. Through going to the beach for the weekend, your child can maintain structure during the weekend.
Walters, L. (2017). Coping Skills For Living With ADHD For Children. Psych Central. Retrieved on March 17, 2018, from https://blogs.psychcentral.com/living-with-adhd/2017/06/coping-skills-for-living-with-adhd-for-children/