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


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.




These self-care tips are examples that may improve wellness. We do not recommend or endorse any particular treatment. The information provided is for educational purposes only and is not meant to provide medical advice or otherwise replace professional advice. Consult with your clinician, physician or mental health care provider for specific health care needs, treatments or medications. Certain treatments may not be included in your insurance benefits.