Attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) Care Center
Keep your child’s ADHD in check
Managing attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) can be hard. Kids especially can have a tough time with the disorder.
If your child has ADHD, it’s important he or she sees the doctor often. But, there are some ways you can help manage your child’s behavior, too. Remember these tips as you and your child manage this disorder.
Set a routine. Kids with ADHD often do better when they are on a set schedule. For starters, try to make sure your kids go to bed and wake up at the same time each day.
Get active. Sitting still can be hard for someone with ADHD. Limit your children’s time in front of the TV or computer. Get them outside, running around with friends. Encourage an active hobby, like music or a sport.
Keep choices simple. Children with ADHD can feel overwhelmed when they have too many choices. Try offering 1 or 2 toys to your kids at a time. Lay out their outfit in the morning.
Track good behavior. Set goals for your kids to focus on. Make a chart to show progress towards the goal. Make the journey fun. Mark progress with stickers.
Bring snacks and games for car rides. Try to keep your children busy when you’re on the road. Snacks, games and frequent pit stops can help keep them from getting antsy.
Prepare before change. Sudden changes can be hard, especially for kids with ADHD. Try to ease your child into changes. Gradually adjust bedtimes. Visit the classroom before the school year begins.