ADHD: A Daily Routine

September 19, 2016
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(My Energetic Girl during Jogathon last Spring)

Because attention and focus issues are usually fun “side dishes” to children with Autism, it wasn’t too surprising when Arizona received a formal ADHD diagnosis a few years ago at the age of 6.

It can be a misnomer, though, this ADHD label. Many people assume my child will be bouncing off the walls 24 hours / day and unable to control her body at any given time. And, although Arizona is extremely energetic at times, her attention deficit affects her in so many hidden ways that aren’t always visible to others.

The biggest thing Arizona has been struggling with lately is the inability to stop herself from perseverating on various worries, ideas or concerns that are off topic and consistently disruptive to her current task (usually, school work). It is hard for her to tune in and stay there, because her mind is always racing.

So, how do I keep my curious, inquisitive and bright young daughter on task but still able to express herself authentically?

There are a few, easy things I have found that are working well for her Arizona these days :

I would love to hear what helps you with your child who has focus / attention challenges. Please share!