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Can a House Calm a Hyperactive Kid?

Charting activities

Using a dry erase board, chalk board, or paper chart (easily seen as soon as the child enters their home), Saline suggests working with your child to map out an organizational flow of the day. “When your child comes home from school, for example, you have a list they can read that provides the sequence they should follow,” she said.

Saline said that for the average person, they don’t have to think through things like taking off their coat, placing it where it belongs, putting their lunchbox on the counter, getting a snack, and cleaning up. The chart can be set up for a number of routines, such as preparation for bed. “Hyperactive children tend to be very visual, even when they have difficulty reading. If your child can’t or is too young to read, use pictures,” said Saline. Another example is to have a “beginning of the day” chart that can be posted in the child’s room. “It’s a ‘do this first, do this second’ chart. That way you avoid the crisis that ensues when you are late for school,” she said.

She also suggested giving the child a marker or chalk to check off each activity as they work through the sequence.

Besides helping the child to be more organized, Saline said that children with hyperactivity disorders tend to be very anxious because they are always afraid of doing something wrong. Having visual cues helps the child to feel calmer.

Limit the use of electronics in the home

Electronics (especially for the hyperactive child) are a diversion, not a purpose,” said Saline. Saline said that electronics tend to mesmerize the hyperactive child, putting them out of touch with their surroundings. “Hyperactive children need to have a variety of physical and creative processes. They need to have all five senses stimulated,” she said.

In particular, Saline especially warns away from allowing the child to play violent electronic games. “If a child has impulse-control challenges, violent games won’t help them develop appropriate behaviors in social settings,” said Saline.

Saline said that it is important to not try to do too many things at once. Rather, one should work on one challenge at a time, such as always putting belongings in the bin that’s intended for them. “Pick one thing, get success in that area, then try something else,” she said.



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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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Thanks for sharing.

my skin seems to get really dry when I completely cut out dairy.

...stay calm ...and hit a bong =)

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