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How can I help make sure my child with ADHD has a structured schedule?

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Post a daily schedule where your child can see it, so he knows what to expect. This daily schedule should include specific times for such activities as:

Once the schedule is set, follow it as closely as possible each day. If there are going to be any disruptions in the schedule, explain them in advance to your child. Though posting a schedule doesn't prevent ADHD, it should help improve your child's ability to stay on task.

For older children, with or without ADHD, having a homework routine in place can make the after-school time more effective. Set aside an area away from distractions for doing homework. Taking small breaks during homework time can also help, especially if your child is hyperactive and has difficulty staying focused.

  • Waking up
  • Eating meals
  • Playing
  • Doing homework
  • Doing chores
  • Watching TV
  • Taking part in after-school activities
  • Going to bed

From: Can You Prevent ADHD? WebMD Medical Reference

SOURCES:

American Academy of Family Physicians: "ADHD: What Parents Should Know."

Attention Deficit Disorder Resources: "Behavioral Treatment for ADHD."

ADHD Library.org: "Teaching Attention Skills to Children with ADHD."

MedlinePlus: "Hyperactivity and Sugar."

Reviewed by Smitha Bhandari on November 1, 2018

SOURCES:

American Academy of Family Physicians: "ADHD: What Parents Should Know."

Attention Deficit Disorder Resources: "Behavioral Treatment for ADHD."

ADHD Library.org: "Teaching Attention Skills to Children with ADHD."

MedlinePlus: "Hyperactivity and Sugar."

Reviewed by Smitha Bhandari on November 1, 2018

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