Tips on dealing with ADD and ADHD

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The three important things when dealing with a child with ADD I recommend is; one, be extremely loving. You have to be very patient because they will tend to drive you a little crazy. You need to be very, very patient with them, and they need to know that you are being patient with them because probably, the rest of the world won't be. What you also want to be aware of is you want to catch them being good. Let them know when they did something that you are proud of. Recognize their effort because children with ADD will be told the negative things constantly throughout the day. "You didn't pick up your clothes. You didn't finish your homework. Look at the paper, it's all wrinkled. You didn't raise your hand and when you raised your hand, you didn't answer the question. Why did you do this drawing instead of answering the questions for the test. All of these negative things have been happening in his life. You are there to give him positive reassurance, to give him positive messages of things he is actually doing correctly. I really liked that you picked up your clothes this morning. I really liked that you brushed your teeth really well this morning. I love that you picked up your plate after dinner. Thank you so much. That helps build is self-esteem in a positive way. The third things is strength based education. Encourage your teacher to help you find what your child is good at. He is already a brilliant child, unfortunately, he may not fit in exactly in his school. Find what he is good at and, through that, your child will be able to flourish. My child is very good in technology, but I don't want him playing video games all day. What we did is, I have a dance troupe, we have a thing called Garage Band on his computer. I commissioned a music piece. So he created a piece of music. My dancers danced to his music and he was recognized at school. I think -- even though he says no -- he felt good inside.

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Elsa Chahin

Mom and Infant & Toddler Consultant

Elsa Chahin was born in Mexico City and grew up in both the United States and Mexico, feeling at home with both cultures. She is a RIE (Resources for Infant Educarers) Associate, and PITC (Program for Infant Toddler Care) Trainer, working with professionals and parents of babies zero to three. She is a UCLA Certified Lactation Educator; as a Certified Interpreter-Translator, she collaborated in the translation into Spanish of Magda Gerber’s book Your Self Confident Baby and translated and narrated Magda Gerber’s videos “See How They Move“ and “Seeing Infant With New Eyes”, and the audio guide for caregivers.  Elsa is a Certified Teacher of English as a Second Language, passing her Proficiency in English exams at Cambridge and Oxford Universities.  She studied In Budapest, Hungary under the tutelage of Anna Tardos, Dr. Emmi Pikler’s daughter. She has authored several articles and speaks nationally and internationally on the topic of caring for babies with respect.  She serves on the Board of Directors of the Pikler/Loczy Fund USA. Before embarking in her career in infant development, she was a professional ballerina who continues to teach dance to little ones. Above of all, she is a joyous mom!

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