Hyper Kid Rules
When working with a hyper kid the first thing to remember is avoid getting frustrated.
Dealing with hyperactive children diagnosed with ADD or ADHD, (often medicated)
is challenging for any caregivers or trained teachers.
Here are tips that may help you better respond to hyperactive kids.
H y p e r K i d R u l e T i p s
- Set clear rules, consequences and boundaries for hyperactive kids – include the whole family.
- If necessary, write out the rules and keep them in a place that is easily visible for the family.
- Don’t be flexible; your hyper kid really needs rules they clearly understand.
- Be sure when introducing rules that you speak directly to your child, using eye contact, and asking the child to repeat back to you what you have told them.
- This does not mean you can’t offer choices to a hyper kid, but certain things like hitting, spitting or defiance are unacceptable and should result in predictable, consistent, corrective, consequences.
Hyper Kid Routine Tips
Establishing regular routines can help any child, especially a hyper kid. Children of all types tend to have difficulty transitioning when routines are not clear and consistent. When a child knows that bedtime is at 8:00 pm, then a natural pattern of going to bed will happen.
An” anytime,” bed time or when 8:00 pm bedtime goes to 8:30 – 9:00-ish, this breaks down your control and the child suffers from the lack of routine.
Hyper Kid Nutrition Report
Back in 2007 a leading British medical journal, reports a variety of common food dyes and the preservative sodium benzoate — an ingredient in many soft drinks, fruit juices, salad dressings and other foods — causes some children to become more hyperactive and distractible than usual.
“In terms of a question that’s been raging for years, it’s the best study to date — an extremely good study,” says Dr. Philip Shaw, a research psychiatrist in the Child Psychiatry branch of the National Institute of Mental Health.
The study prompted Britain’s Food Standards Agency to issue an immediate advisory to parents to limit their children’s intake of additives if they notice an effect on behavior. In the U.S., there’s been no such official response, but doctor’s say it makes sense for parents to be on the alert.
Among all the ages tested hyperactivity was significant when consuming drinks containing additives.
Three-year-olds had a bigger response than the older kids to the lower dose of additives — roughly the same amount of food coloring as in two 2-oz. bags of candy. And, there were big individual differences in sensitivity.
While the effects were not nearly so great as to cause full-blown ADHD, Stevenson nonetheless warns, “These adverse effects could affect the child’s ability to benefit from the experience of school.”
He notes a separate pilot study found:
…a hyper kid could become more hyperactive
within one hour of consuming food additives.
The Lancet study is the first to nail down a link between artificial ingredients and hyperactivity. The connection has long been suspected and was the basis for the Feingold Diet, popularized in the 1970’s as a treatment for ADHD. This diet eliminates all artificial colors, flavors, sweeteners and preservative.
Though such a diet alone is not a proven treatment for ADHD, some clinicians routinely advise hyper kid parents – kids with ADHD to stick with a more natural diet.”
Professional Advise for your hyper kid
Psychiatrist Edward Hallowell, author a several books on ADHD.
I’m not maniacal about it, but I tell parents that your hyper kid will do better if they are on a diet that is free of additives and junk food, “I urge them to eat whole foods; they’ll be healthier anyway.”