(BPT) - Many families relish summer, weekends and holidays as opportunities to reconnect with each other through vacations, special events and relaxed schedules. But changes in schedule and travel can often be disruptive for children and make it difficult to get back in the swing of things for school, particularly children with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD), who typically need routine and structure.
ADHD affects nearly 1 in 10 children in the U.S. between the ages of 4 and 17. While the specific causes of ADHD are unknown, there is evidence that it may have its basis in genetics. Children with ADHD may exhibit hyperactivity, impulsivity and have problems paying attention to tasks at hand. These symptoms often play out in the classroom setting.
Elaine Taylor-Klaus, CPCC, PCC, a writer and mother in an ADHD family of five and co-founder of ImpactADHD, an organization dedicated to helping and coaching parents of children with ADHD, says, “After years of trying to ‘normalize’ my child’s behavior, I finally accepted that she often had different needs. Of course, we had been managing those needs with therapies, nutrition plans, doctors, medication, etc., for years. But, I eventually realized that beyond treating the symptoms, I had to re-evaluate how I viewed my family and ask for support when I needed it. ADHD is more than a clinical diagnosis, and families need practical tools at their disposal to manage the day-to-day challenges.”
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