ADHD Basics

Helping to Manage Your Child

Supporting your child with Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (AD/HD) at home can be very tiring. But to help your child succeed, you'll need to coach him daily. You'll find it's easier if you have a practical and meaningful plan geared to his level of development and his particular AD/HD symptoms.

General Parenting Tips

When developing a plan to help your child, you'll need to adjust the rules and consequences to your child's level of development. Many kids who have AD/HD behave as if they're much younger than their true age.

  • Explain to your child that you care about him and you'll do your best to understand what he's going through.
  • Show him how proud you are of his accomplishments with praise and affection. Catch him being good.
  • Set up a few clear rules and be consistent. Don't argue over small things. Say "no" less often, but mean it when you say it.
  • When giving your child directions or instructions, check for his understanding. Keep directions short.
  • Some kids with AD/HD have a hard time putting their thoughts in order. Ask, "Who? What?  Where?  When? Why?" to help him think about and explain what's important.
  • Establish open lines of communication from a young age. Don't be afraid to talk to him about his strengths and needs and how AD/HD affects him. He should be "brought into the loop" so he can understand what AD/HD is and is not. Often kids misunderstand what's wrong with them when adults don't give them the facts.