Cason: I’m nervous to go to camp today.
Me: You can have your sister text me and I will come and get you at anytime. ( Big sis is a camp leader)
Cason: What if I say something mean to someone.
Me: If you say something mean just say “I’m sorry” afterwards.
Cason: I’m worried…
One of the biggest problems of ADHD is verbal impulsiveness and anxiety resulting from this lack of control and not wanting to say or do something that hurts others. It’s important though to try new things and it’s a balancing act of a parent who has a child with ADHD. It helps Cason when I give him a safety net ( you can come home at anytime) and I offer a solution to the problems he might encounter (saying something mean).
He ended up going to camp and staying all day ( I’m sure mostly because his sister was the camp leader). With each new positive experience he will gain confidence in his ability to control himself.
Cason: Can I go back to camp tomorrow?
And the next day he had no anxiety about going to camp and controlling himself!