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Strategies To Help Improve Self-Esteem for Children with ADHD

If you read Brain Mind Wellness’s last blog post on The Connection between ADHD and Self-Esteem, then you’re aware of the negative messages that many children with ADHD receive throughout their life. The previous blog discussed how proper knowledge and identification of ADHD symptoms can help to reduce the negative messages these children receive. 

But then there begs the next important question…What other ways can we help children with ADHD work on their self-esteem? Check out some helpful ideas below!:

  1. Encourage natural talents/interests: Many children with ADHD often have high motivation and energy for things that interest them. Whether it’s engaging in sports, cooking, or coding, encourage your child to engage in those activities and point out how their motivation and energy can help them to be successful. Potentially even for their future careers in those interests! 
  1. Increase acceptance by educating others: If you spend time with children and adults who do not have ADHD or seem to have difficulty being understanding of ADHD symptoms, it’s important to educate these individuals on neurodivergence and promote an accepting environment for everyone. The more exposure we all have to different ways that our brains can work, the more understanding and kind we can be to others whose brains may work differently from our own. 
  1. Increase a sense of belonging: Children with ADHD can feel like the odd kid out or that they are different from others. Books and media can be another great way for children with ADHD to find other kids they can relate to! 

Here are some great examples of children’s books related to ADHD: 

ADHD Is My Super Power and It Comes With Great Super Strength

Mrs. Gorski, I Think I Have the Wiggle Fidgets

The Percy Jackson book series is a great book for older kids too. There are many references to ADHD-like-characteristics throughout the series. There’s also movies based on the series!:

Percy Jackson and the Olympians: The Lightning Thief 

Another great option to increase a sense of belonging is to join a group with other kids with ADHD. At Brain Mind Wellness, we are excited to offer groups targeted for children with neurodivergent brains including those with ADHD and Autism Spectrum Disorder. If you feel this group could help your child or teen, or if you know someone with a child or teen who could benefit from these groups, feel free to contact us for more information on when the next group will be scheduled! 

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Niina Kuukka

Niina Kuukka is a licensed marriage and family therapist (LMFT 130671) who has over a decade of experience working with neuro-diverse challenges including children, teens, and adults with developmental delays, ADHD, and autism spectrum disorder.

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