Question: Dr. Dobson, how is a hyperactive child to be managed?
Answer: Let me share a list of eighteen suggestions that were provided in a book by Dr. Domeena Renshaw entitled The Hyperactive Child. Though her book is now out of print, Dr. Renshaw's advice on this problem is still valid.
- Be consistent in rules and discipline.
- Keep your own voice quiet and slow. Anger is normal. Anger can be controlled. Anger does not mean you do not love a child.
– Know the name and dose of his medication. Give it regularly. Watch and remember the effects to report back to your physician.
– Openly discuss with your physician any fears you have about the use of medications.
– Share your successful "helps" with his teacher. The outlined ways to help your hyperactive child are as important to him as diet and insulin are to a diabetic child.
From Dr. James Dobson’s book Complete Marriage and Family Home Reference Guide.