ADDitude ADHD Experts Podcast

Listen to “Mindfulness and Self-Regulation Strategies for Children with ADHD” with Varleisha D. Gibbs, Ph.D., OTD, OTR/L

Tune in as Varleisha D. Gibbs, Ph.D., OTD, OTR/L, explains how to build and enhance self-regulation with ADHD meditation, plus mindfulness exercises designed to calm an unsettled child.

Listen to “Mindfulness and Self-Regulation Strategies for Children with ADHD” with Varleisha D. Gibbs, Ph.D., OTD, OTR/L

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Have you ever tried to calm a child in the throes of an ADHD meltdown? Do you find yourself using language such as “calm down, take a deep breath,” or “you need to stop”? These parenting strategies are common — and commonly ineffective.

The best way to address a child’s difficult reactions — anger, yelling, melting down — is to not address the reactions at all! Instead, focus on the response. When the body is quiet, and the child is attentive, that is when we work on our ability to respond to the environment and those around us. In other words, our parenting techniques must be “proactive not reactive!”

A child’s behaviors are tied to his or her nervous system and senses. The most effective strategies for helping children with attention deficit disorder (ADHD or ADD) learn to self-regulate are simple techniques — including mindful ADHD meditation and sense-soothing techniques — to improve focus and help manage emotions.

Listener testimonials:

  • “Did not think much about mindfulness before. Thank you for the excellent presentation! Will look into it more.”
  • “Thank you! This is a great platform for me to learn how to effectively work with my students struggling with ADHD.”
  • “Dr. Gibbs was very helpful. I really appreciated her expertise and how she made the ideas “workable” in the classroom.”

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Updated on April 14, 2020

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