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ADHD: Helping Your Child Get Things Done

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One of the most difficult things about parenting a child with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) is getting your child to do what you ask. Daily routines, such as getting ready for school or bed and getting homework done, can become battlegrounds.

ADHD symptoms—inattention, impulsivity, and hyperactivity—are obstacles to understanding and following instructions. Unless your child learns how to overcome or adapt to his or her symptoms, he or she may fail to develop the skills for success in life. Fortunately, you can help.

How can you help your child with ADHD accomplish tasks at home?

You can help your child have the greatest chance of accomplishing tasks at home by using the following suggestions.

Be a role model

Use the following suggestions to model the behavior you want your child to develop.

Use novel ideas in a consistent way

Children with ADHD respond to novelty. They are attracted to new events and sounds, but they are not able to sort through which ones are most important. You can make the best of this quality by following these suggestions:

Concentrate on the present

Use immediate consequences for your child's misbehavior. Your child will learn by repeating actions until they become habits, not from past learning.

Allow movement

Some children with ADHD feel driven to keep some part of their bodies moving.

Credits for ADHD: Helping Your Child Get Things Done

Current as of: June 16, 2021

Author: Healthwise Staff
Medical Review:
Adam Husney MD - Family Medicine
Kathleen Romito MD - Family Medicine
Louis Pellegrino MD - Developmental Pediatrics

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