Q&A with Dr. H: How Can We Help ADHD Kids Manage Their Emotions?

Q&A with Dr. H: How Can We Help ADHD Kids Manage Their Emotions?

Today’s question is from a mom named Mary. She wrote:

My seven-year-old daughter Laura was diagnosed with ADHD combined type about a year ago. She is very smart and does well academically, but school is still a struggle.

She gets overwhelmed very easily and she falls apart crying or has screaming meltdowns in class frequently. This was only made worse by the changes made to schools with in-person learning during the pandemic.

Her teacher can’t hug her to help her feel secure. What strategies can you suggest to help kids with ADHD manage their emotions and have less overwhelming feelings?

Dr. H response includes several ways Mary can help her daughter, including one that involves a giant bean bag! If you have a question or comment you’d like Dr. Hallowell to address in a future Q&A episode just like this reach out to us! Write an email or record a voice memo and send it to [email protected].  

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  • Jennifer Viscuso Posted May 24, 2021 5:33 am

    Thank you! That was very helpful to me! My child has similar problems and I struggle with not knowing how to help him.

    • Jennifer Viscuso Posted May 25, 2021 4:21 am

      And by the way, I want to add to the commentary with links for parents: http://adhdkids.org.uk/adhd-resources/ These are various blogs and support associations for parents of children with ADHD where you can also find help.

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