Creating resilience in a child with ADHD

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Creating resilience in a child with ADHD

It's much more difficult when a child has ADHD or a learning differences for them to be successful in different areas of their life, especially in school, but it's so vital that we help them to feel more confident knowing that there are some areas where they are really struggling. This is where I try to look at a child's strengths and say to parents, "If we want our kids to be resilient, we have to help them in certain ways." One is we have to explain to the child whether it's ADHD or learning differences, what are they about, and then we have to say to the child, "You know, now that we know you have ADHD or learning differences, there are ways we can teach you more effectively. Parents can do that, and teachers can do that," so the child doesn't feel lost. We also then focus on the child's strengths because most kids with learning differences, if not all, and ADHD have certain strengths, and one of the things I've used a lot is a lot of these kids really want to be helpful to younger kids so I've even had kids with learning differences who struggle with reading, say a 4th or 5th grader, go down to read to kindergarten kids. See, what that does is it helps the child in a genuine way feel that they can be successful, and success builds on success. So you want to help remediate the problems, but you also want to provide experiences where they are really experiencing a great deal of success, and they're getting positive feedback about it.

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Robert Brooks, PhD

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Dr. Robert Brooks is a psychologist on the faculty of Harvard Medical School.  He has lectured nationally and internationally and written extensively about the themes of resilience, parenting, family relationships, school climate, and balancing our personal and professional lives. He is the author or co-author of 15 books and has also appeared in several videos pertaining to helping children to become more responsible, self-disciplined, hopeful, and resilient.

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