My daughter is too young to get an official diagnosis yet (currently under age accepted) but we are 99% certain she had ADHD and I am also awaiting a diagnosis as an adult.
My daughter struggles with anger and is very quick to temper. This results in screaming, hitting and running away over very small things like being told it is bed time.
We are really struggling to get on top of it and have tried charts, reward jars etc.
Any advice on techniques to try would be amazing!
Hey there, so this might not be exactly what you're looking for. But honestly I think you should get her into counseling. Both my 14yr old son and my 8yr old daughter are in counseling and have adhd as well. My daughter has huge meltdowns over little things and will just cry and cry. We just thought she was only having this problems at home but thus year we found out that it's also happening in school as well and it has really made it difficult for her to make friends. But since she has started counseling things have been a lot better and her counselor has given her little "tools"to use to help her when she feels that she is getting overwhelmed. Plus she also gets to have that one on one attention with someone that she can really open up to about evening and not feel embarrassed about the things she's feeling. And honestly so far it has made such a huge difference for both my kids. I truly think that these days everyone should be in counseling as well as kids. It is something that is so simple yet makes such a huge positive impact on their lives. And most places will accept kids as young as 3 or 4, and right now it's pretty cool because most of them also offer it online. My son who is in high school has it set up so that his counselor comes to his school and did it their with him, but my daughter and I both do ours online at home. But also if your insurance won't cover it fully or at all then it would be a good idea to at least call somewhere and see if you could maybe just do an intake with the intentions of only going to be able to get tips from them that you can use at home to help her. I would think that if you explained the financial situation then they'd be able to help you out because most places are sliding scale and even just trying to do it I've time or maybe once a month shows that you're looking out for your child and they would want to be able to help as much as possible. And honestly another thing that might seem insignificant is that maybe she needs to go outside more. It's actually truly surprising how much it helps to improve your mood or anyone's mood by just spending an hour or so a day outside. Even if it's just to go out for a walk and try to make it fun and make a little list of like 5 things you guys could try to find on your walk. Life a big leaf or a bird or maybe a yellow flower. Idk these are just 2 things that I've found that do help dramatically. Sorry if this is so long, lol my adhd brain could probably go on for days about stuff like this. But anyways I hope this helps, best of luck!
Just wanted to quickly chime in about the outside part. I spend any free time I can with my kiddos (2 with ADHD diagnoses & on meds + 1 pretty wild 3 yo) exploring in creeks. It always works to calm everyone down, get everyone into something besides themselves. Not saying it's true for everyone, but that's just what's worked for us! Hang in there!
Thank you! Some great ideas for us to try 😊
We get outside a lot and it helps. There is nothing available for her age in terms of counselling in out area, but will definitely look out for similar support!