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ADHD in Public

ADHD in Public

ADHD in Public

Having teens and children with learning disabilities, ADD and ADHD in public can be a tricky situation to maneuver. Especially when you have more than one of them!

Here are some tips to help parents keep track of their kids and help them focus when at a puppet show, the park, the mall or even the grocery store.

  1. Make it an Adventure

Turn the experience into a fun one by creating imaginary goals and objectives, like “We have to get some food to feed mom-dragon at the castle!” Invoking the imagination gives kids something to focus on. Don’t be afraid to look silly in the grocery store, it’s a sign of good parenting! Pick something that your kid is interested in and start a conversation. That’s all it takes to get going!

  1. Redirect in Positive Ways

This tool helps the previous tool tremendously. Redirecting the focus from cupcakes to the game/adventure at hand helps keep all of us (parents included!) on task. If you’re at a puppet show and your child is fidgeting, redirect them to what’s happening in the show. Kids with AD/HD need to be engaged all the time, so direct them into things that are engaging.

  1. Give Them Some Say/Responsibility

Especially when kids get older, it becomes a good idea to give them some responsibility or say in the matter. Even with younger kids, letting them hold things or keep track of the grocery list gives them a confidence boost and ownership over the adventure. This ownership translates into wanting things to turn out well.

These are some simple tools that will help everything run more smoothly as a parent in the future! Give us some feedback or let us know what other types of tools you might use when in public!