August 31, 2015
Having a child with ADHD can affect an entire family. There are things you can do to minimize the difficulties that come with this disorder.
Here are some things you can do to help a child with ADHD:
- Address the environment. Ask your child’s teacher to place your child close to the front of the room. Limit open spaces, which may encourage hyperactive behaviors, and try to reduce distracting stimuli.
- Provide clear direction. Keep oral instructions brief and repeat them as necessary. Provide written instructions (and review them orally) for difficult processes and break up tasks and into small steps.
- Stress success. Provide formal rewards (such as star charts) to reinforce specific positive behaviors. Always reward progress — even if your child’s achievement does not meet the goals.
- Stay organized. Establish daily checklists and help your child start a homework notebook. Remind your child to consult these lists at the end of the day to make sure that everything is complete.
- Work on writing skills. Encourage an older child to use the computer. Put less stress on messy handwriting or spelling errors and focus on content.
- Help control impulsivity. Urge your child to slow down when answering questions. Encourage your child to check their homework before turning it in.
- Maintain self-esteem. Encourage performance in your child’s areas of strength and focus on positive reinforcement. Avoid asking them to perform a task publicly that is too difficult.
- Design a specific behavior program. Target a few unacceptable behaviors with clear consistent consequences. If you are in public, try using hand signals to privately warn your child of inappropriate behavior.
- Teach your child to be an active learner. Encourage visual aids and hands-on experiences. Teach active reading (underlining), active listening (note taking), reading for detail, and sub vocalization (whispering) as a memory aid.
ADHD is a disorder that affects the lives of many children and their families, but proper treatment and behavioral therapy can positively impact the lives and futures of these children.
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Sources: National Institute of Mental Health; American Medical Association; National Institutes of Health; American Academy of Pediatrics