Complaining of boredom once in a while is part of being a kid. But for children with ADHD, this can be a frequent problem, and it can manifest in negative ways.
In this new article, we show how to help them deal with this state. Keep reading!
Boredom and ADHD
Children with ADHD are always ready for new and exciting things. They seek stimulation all the time, but this is not a personality trait. A growing number of research studies suggest that this may be due to the structure and chemical composition of their brains.
Let’s imagine a typical class where children are learning about some topics. Many of them may find the class a bit boring, but they know they need to learn and can consciously decide to sit still and pay attention.
Children with ADHD, on the other hand, do not have this kind of control. This may be because the parts of their brains responsible for paying attention, concentrating, and staying motivated are below the “level of excitability” needed to get them going. These parts don’t work as efficiently as their peers’.
But there is another factor that plays in ADHD and boredom. Children with this deficit usually have problems with their executive function, or the brain’s control system.
Often, they are full of good ideas and imagine many things they want to do. But most of the time, they lack the planning, organizing, and problem-solving skills to carry them out.
What to do when your child complains of boredom
During the development of children with ADHD, parents must teach them things progressively and naturally to encourage their creativity and ability to play. Here are some tips:
- Teach the little ones there are other ways to have fun apart from playing with toys, board games, and electronic devices. Motivate them to read and exercise their minds.
- Provide them the tools to learn, always according to their age and condition.
- Spend time together. Take some time from your daily responsibilities to play with your child and share some family moments.
Children with ADHD need to feel constantly stimulated, so we have to offer them spaces for creation and opportunities to practice their abilities. Free, imaginative, and unstructured play is essential for every child’s development.
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