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How can I help my child with ADHD to be adaptable?

You will be heartened to realize that being able to combine diverse domains will be a much-valued skill in our current culture. Time magazine ran a cover article on the school of the future and the need to integrate across disciplines. A fun way to begin preparing your child with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) for this demand is to reflect on your family's main interests and brainstorm on how to "mix it up" or spend time in new settings and doing things that are quite different from what you usually do. As an example, if you and your child love the mall, plan a nature trip. If your child is a tree-hugging nature lover, figure out how to have a fun afternoon at the mall. If your child is a sports fanatic, take him to an art exhibit or introduce him to a performance art that combines athleticism and creativity. If your child is a snob, take him to a garage sale. If he's a slob, take him to a beauty salon for a stylish haircut. Many breakthrough books have highlighted adaptability as the key trait for success in the future. As your child learns to explore polar-opposite domains, you are preparing him to succeed in a global and increasingly diverse world.

An additional benefit of this activity is that when you and your child spend time out of your familiar places, you experiment with being out of control in a healthy way. When you are in a new setting, you don't know all the rules -- you are outside of your regular routine and have given up some measure of control. Some of your ADHD child's out-of-control behavior can be seen as actively seeking out the experience of being out of control. The drive to seek stimulation and break out of rigid patterns causes a lot of the symptoms of ADHD. If you can meet that need for stimulation and loss of control in healthy ways, you can practice a sort of preventative medicine.
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