You can play an active role in helping your child deal with Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder by considering the tips below.
Please note: These tips are not a substitution for treatment. Only a professional can treat your child for Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder.
Help your child manage their behavior
- Immediately praise good behavior. Set consequences for negative behavior.
- Provide your child with a routine and structure. Help your child anticipate when his/her routine may need to change.
- Involve your child in activities that can improve attention such as reading or playing games.
- Help your child break up complex tasks into smaller pieces.
Partner with family or friends
- Talk with friends or family about your feelings.
- Join a support group.
Partner with your child's clinician
- Ask your child's clinician to educate you about ADHD and its treatment.
- Follow the treatment plan that you and your child's clinician have developed.
- Keep your child's appointments.
- Help your child take medications as prescribed, and report any medication side effects.
- Report any changes in your child's condition to your clinician.
- Report any changes in your child's physical health, including pregnancy.
Partner with your child's teacher
- Ask your child's teacher about your child's performance in school.
- Set aside time to help your child with school assignments. Praise accomplishments.
Learn more about Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder
- Read the articles that are available on this website.
- Visit the websites of the organizations listed as resources on this website.
- Ask your child's clinician to recommend other ways that you can learn more about ADHD.
Manage your stress
- Set aside time every day for relaxing activities like walking, meditation or prayer, reading or enjoying music or art.
- Take a few minutes every day to close your eyes and practice deep breathing.
- Make a list of things that cause you stress, and set realistic goals for managing pressure.