Parenting—Defusing the Atomic Child - Attention Deficit Hyperactivity
Disorder Parents Offer Helpful Tips
April 19th 2006
Parents of children with Attention Deficit Disorder (ADHD) express
frustration when their children experience emotional meltdowns for
seemingly no reason.
Sandy Halpern, mother of two children with ADHD, describes a weekly
event. “I’ll ask my boys to stop playing with LEGOS or X-Box to come eat
dinner. The next thing I know, they are calling me names, throwing
things and stomping through the house.”
We have found three effective ways to turn meltdowns to your advantage.
First, it is critical to first defuse the situation. Instead of engaging
in a screaming match yelling outrageous punishments and hurtful words,
remain calm and unemotional.”
Trying to reason with a child with ADHD at this point is useless—they
won’t hear a thing you say.