Making a home healthy & friendly for a child with ADHD

The signs ADHD or Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder are difficulty paying attention, impulsive behaviour, and hyperactivity. It is important to make the home healthy and safe for child with ADHD and here are some tips to help you do that:

Make sure the colours used in your home are soothing as colour affects our mood and behaviour much more than many people realize. Warm earthy tones such as greens and gentle browns or calm blues provide soothing effects that can help deal with the signs of ADHD.

Also take a look at the lighting. Most homes in India have harsh, white tube lighting, but soft lighting is known to have a soothing effect. So choose golden (or yellow) glow light bulbs and tube lights the next time you need new ones.

Reduce electronics in your child’s life. Electronic devices in bedrooms, even if they are just charging, affect sleep and create more anxiety and disruptive behaviour during the day.

Visual clutter is known to cause stress and anxiety and distract children with ADHD. So keep your home organised and clutter-free. Encourage your child to keep toys hidden away in storage spaces so that table tops are free of clutter.

Create a place where the child can relax and find peace. This is a place where a child can deal with emotions, calm down, and simply detach themselves from stress of the day. This could be a prayer room so the child gets quiet, peaceful time away from the regular routine.

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