Child Therapist * Lake St. Louis * St. Charles * Wentzville* St. Peters * Troy * Warrenton * St. Louis * O'Fallon * Winghaven *
Children with ADD/ADHD can have struggles in school and with life in general due to their deficit with executive functioning skills. Executive functioning skills can include: the ability to think and plan ahead, organize, control impulses and start and complete tasks. Parents need to learn to model the skills their child lack by providing extra guidance while allowing the child to gradually acquire executive skills of their own. This will not happen overnight. Kids with ADD/ADHD want to sit quietly, they want to have clean rooms and desks, they want to do everything their parent or teacher asks them to do, but they just don’t know how to make these things happen. They often don’t know how to start. Here are some basic parenting tips that may help when loving a child with ADD/ADHD:
1. Maintain a positive attitude
2. Keep things in perspective and be willing to compromise
3. Establish structure and stick to it
4. Set clear expectations and rules
5. Encourage exercise as well as sleep
6. Promote healthy eating habits
7. Teach your child the social skills they need to know how to make friends
Are you as stressed as your child when you hear the work “Homework”? Try setting a homework routine. Pick a time that works for your family’s schedule and designate that time for homework each and every school night. If no homework is assigned, have your child read or study flash cards for that designated time. Routine will eventually become habit and you will notice less arguing and stress about the topic of homework.
Kids just want to be heard. I empower my clients to feel comfortable opening up to tell their side of the story so I can help them to improve daily life. I have been in the field of education for 21 years (elementary/middle school teacher and current school counselor) and have learned how to build relationships with my students/clients that are comfortable and trusting. A trusting relationship is where change starts to happen! Parents are included in the process of therapy in order to have a full circle approach to tackling the child’s biggest challenges. My focus is on children, adolescents and young adult age groups; while specializing in working with clients with ADD/ADHD, Anxiety, Depression, PTSD/Trauma, loss and Divorce. My practice provides an easy going, trauma sensitive approach that builds an open atmosphere where each and every client know they can open up and speak to me on their level, using their language. I incorporate play therapy techniques as well as other hands-on and interactive, “fun” methods of making therapy progress. We aren’t alone in experiencing life’s challenges; I too have been there. Knowing where I was, and what I know now, I can make an impact on the future of children. The journey of life can be puzzling and confusing. I effort to be a resource and the guiding light to assist your child in finding their own and unique way! My goal is to make the process of meeting with a counselor exciting and fun, as challenging as that may seem! I’d love the opportunity to meet you and be able to introduce myself.
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