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ADHD: Helping Your Child Get Things Done

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.

Key points

  • Your child is not intentionally ignoring, defying, or disobeying your instructions. He or she is not dumb or lazy.
  • Unexpected changes in daily routines are upsetting for a child who has ADHD.
  • Remove as many distractions as possible from your child's surroundings when he or she is doing a task.

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ByHealthwise Staff
Primary Medical ReviewerAdam Husney, MD - Family Medicine
Specialist Medical ReviewerLouis Pellegrino, MD - Developmental Pediatrics
Last RevisedFebruary 2, 2012

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Last Updated: February 02, 2012
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