A resource for those who want to learn about Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD), Learning Disabilities (LD) and related topics.
Feb 26, 2007
"Supernanny" Confronts ADHD Issues
Tonight's episode of Supernannywasespecially interesting to me. It focused on a mom and dad who have three children (and another on the way). The oldest child, age 6, has ADHD. He has been "on and off" of medication and, at the time the show was filmed, was "off" of it. It showed the difficulties the mom has in controlling her ADHD child. Everything from homework to snack time was a battle. Jo, a.k.a. Supernanny, showed the mom what every day life is like for her ADHD son by having her wear headphones and listen to music while trying to read a newspaper article. She also had the three children go into the room and try to distract her as well. The mom soon realized how chaotic her six year old son's life is all the time. What a good analogy I thought. I had never thought of it like that. Jo also realized that it was difficult for the mom to separate her feelings for her son from his actions. She took his misbehavior (yelling, kicking, hitting, screaming) personally and had a hard time letting it go in order to be close to her son. To get past this, Jo had her write down all of the son's positive traits on a piece of poster paper with his picture in the center. This was to reinforce the positive side of her son. She was told to refer to it any time she felt overwhelmed by her son's actions so she could remember the good things instead of focusing on the negative. All in all, I thought it was a good episode. I hope that it enlightens those who do not deal with ADHD on a daily basis. It is a lot of work to raise a child with this disorder. And, without the proper help and support can be overwhelming at times. My only thought was....why isn't the child on medication? The mother clearly stated that since taking him off of it he has gotten worse. ?? For more information about Supernanny and Helping Your ADHD Child Behave, you can visit the show's website here. You may also want to read this post I wrote last year about the positive traits of ADHD. Supernanny also emphasized the importance of positive feedback to get positive results from an ADHD child. To read more about this topic, go to this post.
Also, lest I forget, here are my ADHD son's positive traits: