• Attention Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder

    Parenting a child with Attention Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder can be quite challenging at times. 

    Children with ADHD need consistent rules that they can understand and follow. ADHD kids should be rewarded for following these rules. As parents, we often become frustrated and criticize children with ADHD for the difficulties they have with their behavior -- but it's more helpful to seek out, find and praise positive behavior. Parents should:

    • Provide clear, consistent expectations, directions and limits. Children with ADHD need to know exactly what others expect from them.
    • Set up an effective discipline system. Parents should learn discipline methods that reward appropriate behavior and respond to misbehavior with alternatives such as time out or loss of privileges.
    • Create a behavior modification plan to change the most problematic behaviors. Behavior charts that track a child's chores or responsibilities and that offer potential rewards for positive behaviors can be helpful tools. These charts, as well as other behavior modification techniques, will help parents address problems in systematic, effective ways.

    Children with ADHD may need help in organizing. Therefore, parents should encourage the child with ADHD to:

    • Schedule. The child should have the same routine every day, from wake-up time to bedtime. The schedule should include homework time and playtime.
    • Organize needed everyday items. The child should have a place for everything and keep everything in its place. This includes clothing, backpacks and school supplies.
    • Use homework and notebook organizers. Stress the importance of having the child write down assignments and bring home needed books.

    Helpful Tips for Doing Homework

    Parents can help a child with ADHD achieve academic success by taking steps to improve the quality of the child's homework. They should make sure their child is:

    • Seated in a quiet area without clutter or distractions.
    • Given clear, concise instructions.
    • Encouraged to write each assignment in a notebook as it is given by the teacher.
    • Responsible for his/her own assignments. Parents should not do for the child what he/she can do for himself/herself.