It is important to learn about attention deficit hyperactivity
disorder (ADHD) and the specific ways your child is affected. Familiarity with
the condition will help you feel more confident in being able to help your
child reach his or her potential. The following information can help you begin
to understand how this condition may affect your child.
Your child's brain automatically responds to new
sensations or events whether or not it is appropriate. To make the best of this
quality, use colorful reminders, books with pictures, and hands-on activities
Your child focuses on the present and does not
learn from past experience. You have to repeatedly and consistently respond to
the same misbehavior until appropriate behavior is learned. Also, comment often
on your child's positive behavior, and he or she will be more likely to repeat
Your child may feel driven to keep some part of his
or her body moving at all times. Do not expect or require your child to stand
or sit perfectly still, even when being given instructions.