Why is it important for children with ADHD to develop a better understanding of personal boundaries? To begin with it is important for every child to learn to develop personal boundaries. Frequently we gain understanding of personal boundaries and respect for other's individual entitlement and property early in life. Children with certain neurological (or in the case of ADHD. Neuro-behavioral) challenges are often not hard wired for understanding issues such as limits and personal boundaries. In addition they often have poor social judgment, and tend to be impulsive and emotionally reactive. As we develop an improved understanding of personal boundaries our lives become easier. Unfortunately we don't always learn these boundaries issues at home. Some of us grow-up in families where boundaries are unclear. Sometimes children don't even understand what personal items belong to them. Concrete items such as personal belongs typically are easier to understand. When we discuss boundaries related to more abstract issues the challenges become even more involved and complicated. Parents can help children develop these understandings by clarifying what belongs to them as well as clarifying what belongs to others. They can also help them understand their own rights and the rights and and entitlement of others. Modeling respect for other's by older siblings as well as parents, teachers, coaches, etc. is extremely important.
ADHD and Personal Boundaries
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