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There isn’t a handbook on how to raise a child with ADHD. Explore information, support, and opportunities to connect with other parents of children with ADHD.
The best way to help your child manage ADHD is to work closely with his or her doctor to create a plan that’s right for your child’s specific needs. Ask questions, learn as much as you can, and take an active role in your child’s health. Start by exploring the resources below.
Keep a similar schedule every day, from morning until lights out. Include time for homework, activities, and so on. Write down any changes to the schedule in advance.
Have a place for everything
And keep everything in its place: clothing, books, etc.
Organize their calendar
Write down upcoming homework assignments and tests. Plan out steps and key dates for longer-term projects.
Post a chart of household chores
Check off items as they’re completed.
Be clear and consistent with your child
Children, with or without ADHD, need rules they can follow.
Praise good behavior
Children with ADHD often expect criticism. Reward them when they follow the rules.
Respond when rules are broken
Children want to be independent and try new things. If they break the rules, stay calm and be matter-of-fact in your response. Keeping your cool can be challenging, so step away to collect yourself when you need to.
Try a tutor or coach
A tutor may be able to help your child with a wide array of practical activities.
Take advantage of Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act
Section 504 (for short) provides things like a recorder for note-taking, a quiet place to work, and access to a computer in school for written work.
Read the Individuals With Disabilities Education Act (IDEA)
IDEA has a provision called the Individualized Education Program (IEP). It’s a comprehensive plan for addressing your child’s specific learning needs.
Provide a stress ball
A small toy or other object that your child can squeeze or play with discreetly in his or her seat may be helpful.
Limit screen time
Instead of sitting with a computer or tablet, or in front of the television, encourage your child to engage in a physical activity.
Playing a sport—or at least running around before and after school—can help a child with ADHD. Make sure your child never misses recess or a P.E. class.
Even if it's only walking across the room to sharpen pencils or put dishes away, ask your child with ADHD to run an errand or complete a task for you.
Provide necessary materials
Ensure your child has all the necessary materials to do homework (paper, calculator, pencils, etc.) available in their workspace.
Use color coding to help remind your child what goes where. A folder designated for completed homework that travels back and forth to home and school can be helpful for some students.
Keep pets in another room, and set up a workplace that faces away from windows or a television.
Use a timer
Help your child know the difference between work time and break time with a timer. Schedule 5-10 minute breaks during homework to allow your child a chance to move around.
Real–life advice from Tiemere C., an actual caregiver for child with ADHD+
Browse through the following organizations and consider consulting your child’s guidance counselor for training on specific skills to help your child get organized, manage time, and practice good social skills.
A professional membership organization for ADHD coaches and resources for the public.
Articles, personal stories, interviews with ADHD professionals, book reviews, and links to other ADHD-related sites.
National nonprofit organization working to improve the lives of affected people through education, advocacy, and support.
Resource for families and adults living with ADHD and related conditions and the professionals who work with them.
Part of the National Institutes of Health whose mission is to lead the nation in bringing the power of science to bear on drug abuse and addiction.
Part of the National Institutes of Health whose mission is to transform the understanding and treatment of mental illnesses.
Branch of the US Department of Health and Human Services whose mission is to reduce the impact of substance abuse and mental illness on America’s communities.
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