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Oct 25, 2008

Ways to help your child who suffer from ADHD

Since children with ADHD may be difficult to parent, you may need to adjust your home life a little to help your child. Here are some things you can do:

Make a schedule, setting specific times for waking up, eating, playing, doing homework, doing chores, watching TV or playing video games, and going to bed.

Write down simple house rules explaining what will happen when the rules are obeyed and when they are broken.

Make sure your directions are understood, asking your child to repeat the directions back to you.

Reward good behavior and congratulate your child when he or she completes each step of a task.

Make sure your child is supervised all the time.

Watch your child around his or her friends and reward good play behaviors.

Set a homework routine, picking a regular place for doing homework away from distractions. Divide homework time into small periods, giving frequent breaks.

Focus on effort, not grades, rewarding your child when he or she tries to finish school work. You can give extra rewards for earning better grades.

Talk with your child's teachers to find out how they’re doing in class, at playtime and during lunch. Ask for daily or weekly progress notes from the teacher.
Things that don't cause ADHD

    * Poor Parenting
    * Food additives or allergies
    * Refined Sugar
    * Ineffective schools
    * Bad teachers
    * Too much TV or video games
    * Fluorescent lights

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