QUESTION: Where can I get respite ADHD help?


Are you looking for ADHD help? Many parents dealing with ADHD in one or more of their children sometimes feel overwhelmed with the responsibility of the day-to-day tasks in assisting the developmental achievements of the child. This job is even more difficult when the parent is single or when visitation schedules of a divorce decree must be met. It is highly recommended that families of ADHD children obtain additional training, therapy, and other respite ADHD help.

There are many support groups, research, and other information available that parents can utilize to help them in their search for help and support. There are books, group therapy, online Internet support and information, as well as testimonials of how other parents cope with the same ADHD diagnosis. Parents can contact the Human Services Department found in their countyís government section of the phone book for respite caregiver information or talk with the family doctor or regional hospital for any contacts of such groups. Since the rate of ADHD in children is about three to a classroom, parents can get support from each other and exchange ideas and techniques.

Many churches work with schools in after-school programs to help with supervising activities, which is an excellent source of social integration for the ADHD child. You can find these after-school programs by calling the schools, area churches or through newspaper advertisement. Check with the program leaders to see if they are knowledgeable in dealing with ADHD children and how many workers are utilized for supervising the events. If parents donít already attend a church, finding one you are comfortable in attending is important. Choose one that has a strong childrenís program. Talk to the pastor and leaders about starting an after-school program if they donít already have such a program. Church programs for children led by truly caring individuals can have a positive influence on the child diagnosed with ADHD.

We are not alone. Helping each other through times of stress, doubt, and confusion can ease the burden. Even in King Solomonís day there were the same kinds of problems we face and the words of advice are: ďA person standing alone can be attacked and defeated, but two can stand back-to-back and conquer. Three are even better, for a triple-braided cord is not easily brokenĒ (Ecclesiastes 4:12).

Reach out. Someone will be there to help.

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