Common Thanksgiving Challenges for Kids with Attention Issues
By Lexi Walters Wright, contributor for Understood.org (for learning & attention issues)
As delicious a holiday as Thanksgiving is, it can be difficult for kids with attention issues like ADHD. Read about typical Turkey Day trouble spots and find out what you can do to help.
Scenario #1: Interrupted Routines
The problem: If your family is traveling for Thanksgiving, your child may be sleeping in a strange place and following an unfamiliar schedule. Even if you’re hosting, your family’s routines may be disrupted. That’s rough for kids with ADHD.
What to do: Stick to your child’s routines as much as possible. Try to arrange travel or guest schedules so that he eats and sleeps when he usually does. And prepare your child in advance for any disruptions you foresee. Give him an overview of what will be happening beforehand, and then remind him at each stage what’s coming next.
To read more tips about helping your child cope with stressful holiday situations, visit the Understood.org website at: http://u.org/1y8XitD.