Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) - Home Treatment
There are many things you can do at home to help your child who has attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD)—and to help yourself.
Tips for self-care
Tips for your child
Help at school
In the classroom, more demands are placed on children to sit still, pay
attention, listen, and follow class rules. So elementary school teachers are often the first to recognize ADHD symptoms. Many times teachers advise
parents to have their child tested or to see a doctor.
children with ADHD qualify for
educational services within the public schools. If
your child qualifies, you will meet with school personnel to identify goals and
plan an individualized education program (IEP). This usually
means that your school will try to accommodate your child's extra needs. This may
be as minor as placing your child at the front of the class. Or it may be as involved as
providing classroom staff to help your child.
Your doctor will
talk with you about setting realistic and measurable goals for your child's
behavior at school and at home. Your child's specific problems and needs will be taken into account.
Helping your teen
Regular communication among
parents, teachers, and doctors benefits a teen who has
You'll need to stay closely involved with your teen. The teen years present many challenges, such as
increased schoolwork and the need to be more attentive and organized. Making
good decisions becomes especially important during these years when peer
pressure, emerging sexuality, and other issues surface.
Use consequences that
are meaningful to your teenager. These may include losing privileges or having increased
chore assignments. Parents and teens can work together to establish reasonable,
obtainable goals. And they can negotiate rewards when those goals are