Wednesday, April 29, 2015

How to calm an overactive child - some simple yet sensible tips

I have an overactive child, and have found it quite difficult to control her sometimes. Here are some sensible tips that may be helpful for us parents of overactive children.

Hyperactive children may fidget, have difficulty concentrating, be unable to sit still or generally be overexcited. A child who is hyperactive does not always mean that they have Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD), but they may have certain tendencies that contribute to difficulty in maintaining focus. Medication for hyperactivity is often over-prescribed[1]. Instead, diet changes, routines and calming activities can help to calm a hyperactive chil

Method 1 of 5: Creating a Calm Environment

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    Create a calming kids-only space. Dedicate a corner of a room, a nook, or other small space to making a space that the child can sit in by themselves. Put pillows, stuffed animals, books or other cozy items in this space. This is not a time-out space where they go when they are in trouble. Instead, this is a space where they feel safe and can get a chance to relax.[2]
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    Play calm music. If you play music in your house, choose more soothing music like classical or meditative music, rather than upbeat pop or hard rock. Too much noise can be a trigger for some children to become hyperactive, and eliminating or changing the type of noise can be helpful in calming children.
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    Minimize screen time. Too much exposure to television, video games, computers and phones can trigger hyperactivity. These devices often have rapidly moving images, bright colors and loud sounds that are the opposite of calming. Limit screen time or eliminate it altogether.[3]
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    Give a mini-massage. Hyperactive children in particular respond well to touch and affection. Give the child a little massage on their back, feet or hands to help them calm down.[4] Physical touch and affection can stimulate endorphins, which can be very calming and healing.
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    Speak in a calm voice. Instead of shouting or talking loudly, reduce the volume of your voice by speaking to the child calmly. They may need to stop what they’re doing to hear you, which can help interrupt their hyperactivity.
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