Sometimes working with a child who suffers from Attention Deficit / Hyperactivity Disorder, Oppositional Defiance Disorder or any other behavioral problems can be difficult. You can scream and fight with them until you are blue in the face but that will not solve anything. The most important thing that you can do for your child is to work with them and understand what they are trying to accomplish. But how do you do this?
It is important to research the disorder that your child has so that you can understand him/her. Understanding the challenges your child is facing everyday can be very helpful. You can even talk with other parents who have dealt with the same issues that you are. Getting advice from other parents may be a great start to communicating with your child.
Sometimes working with your child rather than against them can be helpful. Come up with a system that works for your family. Maybe that system is a reward/punishment system where if they do something that you have asked, they get a reward and when they don’t complete the task they get a punishment. Every family is different and no one can know your child better than you do. Make sure to do the research that will be needed to make your system work.
Sometimes having a completely objective, third party counselor to talk to can help both you and your child. Having someone that understands the challenges your family is going through can be beneficial. They can give you advice, tricks and can even help give you the resources you need to get through trying times.
If counseling is what you and your family need and you are in the Naperville, IL area, we would like to hear from you. Call us today.