As she dashes from the jungle gym to the swings, her eyes scan the gravel beneath. She stops in her tracks, scoops something up, and charges towards me squealing, “Mama, Mama look what I found,” thrusting her dusty hands towards me showing me a dingy penny.
We beam at each other sharing in her delight of found treasure.
I hold onto it for her piggy bank at home. Her piggy bank full of found coins.
On our outings, she almost always finds treasures. Coins, beads, and cigarette butts. We taught her the latter is not treasure.
An eagle eye for treasure hunting is her super power. ADHD gives her the ability to notice everything.
I understand the symptoms of ADHD challenge both parent and child.
I have three children diagnosed with ADHD. Two definitely have ADHD. My other child has more complex challenges in addition to ADHD, and I am uncertain if symptoms are ADHD or other issues. That’s another story for another day.
Despite the challenges, children with ADHD have unique gifts. Use their super powers to help your children succeed. Sometimes their assets interfere with success in certain environments, and they need accommodations.
They Notice Everything
This can be a challenge because this contributes to the distractibility symptom of ADHD. It is awesome because they are completely aware of their surroundings.
One of my children, in addition to being a treasure hunter, notices if someone feels upset and tries to help that person. If I lose something, my kids with ADHD are more likely to find it for me. They excel at reading comprehension by understanding text beyond their reading abilities.
This super power needs to be harnessed some to help with focus. The best way to do this is to limit choices and keep the home and school environment as steady as possible.
One way to make their work environment more manageable is for children to work on mats.
Three of my children have fidget toys written as an accommodation in their IEP. Their teacher reports it improves concentration.
Amazing Energy Levels
If I could bottle up my children’s energy to sell to the public, I would be a multi millionaire.
At three years old, they navigated Disney Land all day long without needing a stroller. I don’t drag sleepy kids to school because as soon as they wake up they bounce right into dressing for the day. Though, they need guidance focusing on the the routines. They never complain of being too tired to do any family activities.
This is the energy that makes sitting long for any task very difficult.
When I provide at least two hours a day of active play and movement, it greatly increases my children’s ability to stay focused and on task. Some may need the help of medication. Even with medication, my children still need lots of active play.
Pinterest Ideas to Help Your Kids Use their Energy
Larger Than Life
Everything is done with gusto.
Loved ones are greeted with squealing and gigantic bear hugs, and it’s amazing to receive this affection as long as you don’t get knocked over. When excited about an upcoming event, they ask about it no less than 152 times. They loudly proclaim when they think a meal is disgusting.
This impulsivity can be a challenge in a lot of ways, but it gives your child a spontaneous spirit.
They are uninhibited in their expressions of favor and disfavor.
This complicates social situations. Friends may not appreciate the invasion of personal space or blunt honesty. It’s important to help your child with ADHD learn social rules so they develop positive friendships.
Ask your school if they have a social skills group, and how your child can participate if friendships are challenging.
Social Skills Resources
Lives in the Moment
This gives a child a beautiful and positive perspective of life, but it makes following multi step directions and transitioning to other activities difficult.
Establishing consistent family routines helps with this.
Visual schedules are a tool that help children complete routines that require more than one step. You see visual schedules more for children with autism, but they benefit children with ADHD, too.
Visual Schedule Resources
Always Willing to Have Fun
Due to their heightened energy levels and need for extra stimulation, children with ADHD love to have fun.
They make good friends because they constantly seek ways to play and engage with others. They may be more resilient to move past negative situations if there is the promise of a fun activity to follow.
This makes the feeling of boredom more difficult for a child with ADHD to endure than a neuro typical peer because they are driven more to seek highly stimulating activities.
It is important to provide children with ADHD lots of fun and multi sensory learning activities to keep them engaged.
Educational Pinterest Boards for Fun & Multi Sensory Learning
Our children are blessed with super power abilities that enable them to live life uniquely yet sometimes conflicts with society’s expectations.
Notice the hidden treasures your children possess, and use them to give your children a greater chance of success in life.