Center for child development


Tips that parents of children with ADHD must know

For parents of children with ADHD—Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder, it is natural that most of the everyday affairs with the children become a battle in its own right. This happens more so with parents who are new to dealing with children with ADHD.

In order to make their lives and that of the children better, the following can help

Rewards, not punishments

One of the major aspects to understand about children with ADHD is that they respond better when rewarded than when punished. Since behavioral growth is an important element, using rewards can bring in much desired changes in children than otherwise. Hence, parents must use rewards more often than punishments.

Work with your child

Another aspect that parents must understand about the child with ADHD is that, they must be nurtured constantly to grow as a better individual. As the child may have certain limitations when it comes to behaving, learning and speaking along with several other limitations, you need to work with your child as a team. This can not only induce better growth but also instill the child with confidence, as well.

Focusing on the child’s strength

It is only natural that your child might have a few strengths even when he/she has ADHD. In order to help the child walk on the right path, you need to focus on the child’s strengths. Emphasizing on the weaknesses of the child might send wrong signals to the child. On the other hand, when focusing on the things that the child ‘can do’, it naturally strengthens the self-esteem of the child, which is very important for a child with ADHD.

Induce motor-skills development games

One of the important aspects that can drive growth of a child with ADHD is the development of their motor skills. If you can make use of games that elicit the development of motor skills of the child, it can do wonder in helping the child develop better.

These are only the basic aspects that a parent must pay attention to and use to bring about the behavioral changes they want in their child.

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A case study of a student with learning disabilities

The student and the concerns

Anuja came to us after being referred to us by her learning consultant. She had already attended three schools before but had issues with reading and writing. She was blessed with great memory but her limited writing and reading abilities restricted from using the same to the extent possible.

As it was observed with children having learning disabilities, her problems lay not just with academics but also in social and behavioral patterns as well.

The observations

Our prime objective was to instill a sense of trust and friendship with us, at the beginning of our approach, before we began to start intervene at the academic issues of the child.

Our teachers, through effective methods and perseverant efforts, established ways to reach out to her and ward of the fear that was in her. The fear, we found, was because of the constant moving of her from one school to another that had different people, atmosphere and teachers.

Our interventions and approach

We started by giving her smaller assignments that were designed to meet attainable short-term goals. We concluded that it is through her strength that we can reach to her to help her address the issues with reading and writing.

We devised methods to assess her development by using her string memory such as;

Oral testing

Dramatic role- playing

Project-based assessments

Debates

We tried to focus on her strengths to instill high levels of self-esteem and confidence so that we can drive her confidently to venture into the weak areas such as reading and writing.

We put her in smaller groups that were given several reading and writing tasks and care was given to ensure that Anuja was not overwhelmed with the assignments given.

The result

Anuja was able to improve her writing and reading skills effectively and create great bonds with the teacher and her peers. She started to become more active socially and improved her behavioral patterns, as well.

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Our Team

Dr. George Joseph P

Dr. George Joseph P

Consultant Pediatrician
Mr. Boney Kannoth

Mr. Boney Kannoth

Associate Visiting Counsellor
Ms. Mayuri Chaudhari

Ms. Mayuri Chaudhari

Physiotherapist
Ms. Minna Mathew

Ms. Minna Mathew

Clinical Psychologist
Ms. Meghana

Ms. Meghana

Rehabilitation Psychologist.
Ms. Jobitha.K.J

Ms. Jobitha.K.J

Occupational Therapist
Ms. Jeena Mary

Ms. Jeena Mary

Occupational Therapist
Ms. Varsha Renjan C

Ms. Varsha Renjan C

Occupational Therapist

What People Say

Prayatna clinic is class apart in terms of the child oriented therapies accorded over here. Each therapist takes personal care of the needs of the children and offer palliative cure that starts showing results within few days. I have not come across such clinics across India. The infrastructural support and resource base particularly the brain gym etc. are world class. Children also enjoy learning therapies over here due to the motivating atmosphere. Rehabilitation process is faster. Prayatna is really doing a stellar job.

Vineesh S

I have never had such a pleasant therapeutic experience as I have enjoyed in Praytana clinic. The ambience does not have that medical feeling to it. Therapists are always willing to walk the extra mile to make the process easier. The simple manner in which the therapies are offered is really hard to believe without experiencing at a personal level. They also prescribe therapies to be practised at home so that idleness does not interfere with the effect. Keep up the good job.

Mahesh

It was not long since I started seeing a positive change sweeping the life of my only child who required sensory integration therapy. At first, I was hesitating to go to Praytana and thought it to be like any other clinic with lofty claims but with no substance. But, a rude but pleasant shock awaited me as I could see the therapies work wonder for my child. He was no longer the same old kid seeking vents to express his pent-up emotions. Hats off to Prayatna.

Arunima Software Engineer

My son has been suffering from autistic syndrome and was not able to interact intuitively with his peers. The rehabilitative care offered at Prayatna was life-changing experience for me. Changes in the behavioural patterns of my son started becoming evident. His actions are now more agile and he no longer starts feeling uneasy in the company of others. Prayatna has pulled off the trick for my son. I would candidly recommend the clinic to all parents who want their children to take control of their lives.

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