Helping Kids Flourish At Home: Spaces for ADHD
Structure, organization, calm – the three building blocks of an ADHD-positive environment. Whilst medication and psychotherapy play their part, and offer consistent support for children, it’s been found that a well-ordered and calm environment can be just as conducive to a child’s health. You may be one of those people hoping to bring a little bit of calm, or tranquility, into their house. There isn’t a one-size-fits-all approach, but there are changes every home could make. Hopefully, this article can give you guidance on bringing tranquil benefits to the home.
Definitely the quickest and easiest way to make any space ADHD friendly is to get rid of clutter. Clutter is insidious, creeping up without you even having thought about it. Unfortunately, it offers excess stimulation and a background feeling of chaos, where items are strewn about as a matter of course. As those diagnosed with ADHD benefit from tidy spaces, where most things have their place and there are minimum distractions, it will benefit you to get rid of the clutter.
Create ‘Calm’ Spaces…
Your tidying up may have a positive effect but everyone can experience times when they feel overwhelmed, even if it’s an entirely personal effect. To help kids with this problem, create quiet, solitary spaces within your home. Research has shown that having these spaces can hugely benefit children with specific sensitives. Retail outlets have even incorporated spaces where children can feel secure. These don’t necessarily equate to separate rooms – they can just be private, calm areas in which you have an understanding that your child needs some space.
…and Remove Distractions
When it comes to modern technology, you want to try and reduce the usage. The availability at your fingers of a huge range of distractions, some invasive and distressing to those diagnosed with ADHD, can create problems. These can continue into later life, with a 2016 poll reporting half of teenagers feel addicted to their phones, with developers creating apps to tackle smartphone addiction.Try and ensure your child has restricted access to technology, and you’ll see the benefit in their health and general concentration.
Finally, you can bring benefits to your child’s mental wellbeing by creating an obvious and regimented schedule. Try implementing a blackboard into your kitchen or living room that has the day’s schedule and tasks where it’ll have high visibility, and make sure it stays updated. The CDC recommends scheduling to help with ADHD. You could even stick your de-cluttering tasks on it, creating a positive feedback where the removal of clutter is in the day’s list of tasks and creates a calm environment to boost.
Calm; serenity; organization. These qualities will bring positivity to any home, but when you have a child with ADHD it becomes even more crucial. All it takes to create such an environment is a bit of creativity, nous and hard work. If you’re willing to do your research and put the time in, you’ll see the improvement in your own mood and your child’s.
Contributor – Jane Sandwood