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One of the hardest things about parenting a child with ADHD is getting your child to do what you ask. ADHD symptoms—trouble paying attention, being impulsive, and being hyperactive—can get in the way of understanding and following instructions. But if your child learns how to overcome or adapt to their symptoms, they can develop the skills needed for success in life.
You can help your child have the best chance of accomplishing tasks at home by using the following strategies.
Use these suggestions to model the behaviour you want your child to develop.
Children with ADHD respond to newness (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:
Use immediate consequences for your child's misbehaviour. Your child will learn by repeating actions until they become habits, not from past learning.
Some children with ADHD feel driven to keep some part of their body moving.
Current as of: October 20, 2022
Author: Healthwise Staff
Medical Review:Adam Husney MD - Family Medicine & Kathleen Romito MD - Family Medicine & Louis Pellegrino MD - Developmental Pediatrics
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