ADHD at Home Research Note
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You can help support your child with ADHD in a number of ways—but the first is to get support for yourself. Raising a child with ADHD can be stressful, so make sure you get plenty of rest and take "me-time" when you can. Help your child stay organized by establishing routines, and set schedules for your family to follow. Using clocks and timers helps a child transition from one task or event to the next. Maintain a quiet private space just for your child—and make sure his/her homework area is well-organized and neat. Use praise and positive reinforcement lavishly. Finally, make sure your child eats a well-balanced, whole foods diet. Strictly limit processed, junk and fast foods and make sure your child eats regularly. Limit TV and computer use, especially within the two hours before bedtime, and see that your child gets at least 8 to 10 hours of sleep a night.Fast Facts:
- Children with ADHD need consistent roles to follow.
- Since children with ADHD are often criticized in school, give them plenty of positive reinforcement at home.
- Rewarding children for even small achievements helps reinforce self-esteem.
- Be honest with your child about his/her challenges.
- Charts and star systems are very helpful for some children with ADHD.
helpguide.org — “Parenting tips and strategies for helping a child with attention deficit disorder (ADD/ADHD) manage their behavior and reach their full potential.” View full resource at helpguide.org
psychcentral.com — “Parents often hear the words parental training and think, Oh great, like you could teach me something that'll control my out-of-control attention deficit” View full resource at psychcentral.com
healthcentral.com — “With adult ADHD you sometimes have to be creative in finding solutions to life's little mishaps. The "normal" solutions don't always work; here are some tips to help prevent losing things.” View full resource at healthcentral.com
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