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How can I help my child complete chores on their own?

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You can't just tell a child with ADHD to go clean her room. That chore is too big for a kid who's easily distracted.

Break down the job into small, specific tasks, and write them down, so your kid can check off the tasks as she finishes each one. Add a picture of the clean room to the checklist so she can see the goal clearly.

SOURCES:

Stephen Brock, PhD, NCSP, school psychologist; school psychology program coordinator, California State University, Sacramento; president-elect, National Association of School Psychologists; author, , Springer, 2009. Identifying, Assessing, and Treating ADHD at School

Jeremy Didier, group coordinator, ADHDKC, Overland Park, Kan.; mother, 9-year-old son with ADHD.

Jennifer Helm, coordinator, San Dimas/La Verne Satellite of CHADD; mother, two children with ADHD, La Verne, CA.

Massachusetts General Hospital School Psychiatry Program and Madi Resource Center: "Attention Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD)."

Richard Lougy, LMFT, school psychologist, Sacramento, Calif.; co-author, , Corwin, 2009. The School Counselor's Guide to ADHD: What to Know and Do to Help Your Students

Kristine J. Melloy, PhD, past president, Council for Children with Behavior Disorders; instructional coach, St. Paul Public Schools, St. Paul, MN.

Ratey, N.A. , St. Martin's, 2008. The Disorganized Mind

Richard Root, EdD, Twin State Psychological Services, VT and N.H.

Reviewed by Smitha Bhandari on July 11, 2017

SOURCES:

Stephen Brock, PhD, NCSP, school psychologist; school psychology program coordinator, California State University, Sacramento; president-elect, National Association of School Psychologists; author, , Springer, 2009. Identifying, Assessing, and Treating ADHD at School

Jeremy Didier, group coordinator, ADHDKC, Overland Park, Kan.; mother, 9-year-old son with ADHD.

Jennifer Helm, coordinator, San Dimas/La Verne Satellite of CHADD; mother, two children with ADHD, La Verne, CA.

Massachusetts General Hospital School Psychiatry Program and Madi Resource Center: "Attention Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD)."

Richard Lougy, LMFT, school psychologist, Sacramento, Calif.; co-author, , Corwin, 2009. The School Counselor's Guide to ADHD: What to Know and Do to Help Your Students

Kristine J. Melloy, PhD, past president, Council for Children with Behavior Disorders; instructional coach, St. Paul Public Schools, St. Paul, MN.

Ratey, N.A. , St. Martin's, 2008. The Disorganized Mind

Richard Root, EdD, Twin State Psychological Services, VT and N.H.

Reviewed by Smitha Bhandari on July 11, 2017

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