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Can a House Calm a Hyperactive Kid?

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Can a House Calm a Hyperactive Kid?

“The first thing your home needs if you have a hyperactive child is to be as free of clutter and chaos as possible,” said Dr. Sharon Saline, PsyD. Saline has a practice in Northampton, MA and has been a school consultant regarding children with hyperactivity disorders. “To help these children, you need to create a calm, consistent, clean space,” she said.

What are the specific challenges of a hyperactive child?

A child with a hyperactivity disorder generally takes a longer time to develop organizational skills, as well as the ability to focus and put activities and objects in a sequential order. Saline said that these skills are developed in our frontal lobes, are referred to as “executive function,” and are not fully developed in an average human until approximately age 25.

“They have a challenge with organizing both their internal and external space,” said Saline. The following are ways you can help your hyperactive child stay calmer at home.

Everything in its place…

Saline said that one of the most basic things a parent can do to help their hyperactive child is to set up labeled bins and boxes where specific items are placed. “For example, if you have a cubby for hats and gloves, you can say ‘put your hat and gloves in their box’, as opposed to ‘put your hat and gloves away,’” said Saline. Saline added that specified and labeled storage bins and boxes should be in a relatively easy place to access. “You don’t want them behind a stack of old newspapers, for instance,” she said.

Another example, especially for a younger child, is not to allow more than a certain number of toys to be placed outside their storage space. “The child doesn’t need to have seventy-five toys out. Pick a few and rotate them,” she said.

Saline said it is important to collaborate with your child. She told the story of one child who had difficulty keeping their clothes in drawers because “she couldn’t see them.” The solution worked out between parent and child was to have a child-height shelving unit put in the room (find a carpenter to build a custom shelf unit) where clothing could be neatly stacked – in sight.

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9:52AM PDT on Oct 26, 2012

great tips not just for hyperactivity but for organization in general. thanks

10:07PM PDT on Oct 20, 2012

I have been seriously considering the fact that I may have ADHD, I have done plenty of research, hopefully this info will be helpful to me

3:29AM PDT on Oct 18, 2012

This all sounds like common sense but it is not always so easy to put into practise with a hyperactive child. It is very true that you have to work on the small stuff.

5:01PM PDT on Oct 17, 2012

Yep, it's called putting him in the corner for a time out! If the kid is that out of control, maybe a Dr.s visit is in order!

1:09AM PDT on Oct 15, 2012

Think so :-)

7:56PM PDT on Oct 12, 2012

thank you!

4:42PM PDT on Oct 12, 2012

Thank you for sharing.

12:40PM PDT on Oct 12, 2012


11:33AM PDT on Oct 12, 2012

interesting idea.

8:52PM PDT on Oct 10, 2012


try to cut out fluoride exposure to kids too

"Dr Peter Mansfield, a GP and director of the Good Health Keeping service at Louth, Lincolnshire, studied more than 100 children with behavioural problems.

He discovered those with high levels of fluoride in their bodies were more likely to have developmental and behavioural problems.

Once the fluoride was taken out of their diet they got better.

He said: "This is very worrying. Fluoride is toxic and could cause mental problems. It could be that thousands of children are underperforming as a result. We had children we thought were affected by fluoride. In some cases they were hyperactive, lacked concentration and were unhappy all the time.

"We tested them and quite clearly demonstrated that fluoride was causing their problems."

try to avoid fluoride toothpaste, fluoride mouthwash, fluoride drops

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