March 21, 2024

ADHD Friendly Spaces

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Creating ADHD friendly home spaces

Beyond Medication

In working with concerned parents, addressing Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) in our children often leads us to explore beyond medication. ⁠
A 2020 study in the Canadian Journal of Psychiatry revealed crucial insights into ADHD prevalence—approximately 5.4% of Canadian children and adolescents aged 4 to 17 are affected. Recognizing how MANY kids are affected really highlights the need to understand what we can do better to support our children's cognitive, socio-emotional and developmental needs.⁠

So lets look at the HOME!

What could we do there??⁠
 Smart home design plays a pivotal role in managing ADHD. Begin by minimizing distractions, dedicating a quiet study area for focused tasks. Utilize noise-canceling elements like curtains and rugs to create a serene environment.

We can Implement tech management with clear screen time limits and tech-free zones.⁠
 Organization is key—use labeled storage solutions for an organized living space. Visual schedules and calendars enhance routine visibility.

We can Integrate biophilic elements like indoor plants for improved air quality and a calming atmosphere. Maximize natural light to boost mood and concentration.⁠ 
Craft sensory-friendly spaces, incorporating fidget stations and a sensory corner for self-regulation. Invest in ergonomic furniture for comfort and support in your child's environment.⁠

Finally, ensure that your child's bedroom is supporting SLEEP. I could talk all day about sleep, and yet so many kids (especially kiddos with neurodiversity and medical or mental health challenges) are not sleeping well. ⁠
Remember, focus on infusing wellness into the FOUNDATION. Your kids will thank you!⁠