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Advice for Parents of Newly Diagnosed Kids

Parents who have just been told that their child has Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder can feel overwhelmed, anxious or confused. Unsure what to do next, they may decide to do nothing at all - but advice from parents "who have been there" can be beneficial:
"Turn off the TV, get outside! Nature will help your ADHD kid release pent-up energy and can have a somewhat calming effect. See if you can give them a special job to do outside that is simple - watering plants, feeding outdoor animals, whatever."
Other parents suggest putting away toys and instead playing board games or reading with your child. The decreased stimulation can help a child relax and focus. Also, find a local CHADD (Children and Adults with Attention Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder) chapter where you can connect with other parents and receive support and encouragement. Source: About.com

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Help for Parents

Parents with children who have recently been diagnosed with ADHD have a lot of information to sort through. Some may not know where to start. The website Responsible Rx.org has posted a 14-page guide called the Parent Starter Kit that, as the name implies, may be a great place to start.
"You can download the guide and print it out to read. There is no cost. It is a free resource that helps parents work with their child's doctor to navigate the treatment process once a child has been diagnosed and medication has been prescribed."
The guide is straightforward and easy to understand and covers such topics as "communicating with your child's doctor" and "understanding medication guides." Read more at ADD.About.com.

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ADHD Medicines

There is a large variety of ADHD medications out there. For the parent of a child with ADHD, the options can seem overwhelming and confusing. FamilyDoctor.org has gathered answers to the basic questions that parents often have about ADHD prescriptions.
"Do the medicines have side effects? All medicines have side effects. Psychostimulants may cause a decreased appetite, a stomachache or a headache. The loss of appetite can cause weight loss in some people. This side effect seems to be more common in children."
Other questions addressed include "How should ADHD medicine be taken?" and "How long will this treatment last?" Read more at FamilyDoctor.org.

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Communicating With Your Child

Being the parent of a child with ADHD poses unique challenges, frustrations, and rewards. Many parents struggle to communicate effectively with their children and feel exasperated over having to repeat instructions or rules.
"[Kirk] Martin encourages parents to speak softly and whisper at times. 'It helps your child learn to listen more attentively.' He also warns parents not to fall into the trap of requiring a child to maintain eye contact. 'Instead, let your child play with something...or move while you are speaking. This will actually increase attention and retention,' explains Martin."
Martin also suggests setting unusual time limits. For instance, instead of telling a child that the family is leaving in 5 minutes, challenge him to "set a record" by picking up all of his Legos in 3½ minutes. Read more at ADD.About.com.

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