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How can I help my child with ADHD develop time management skills?

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Does your child promise to walk the dog, do his homework, and clean his room in the half hour before dinner? He's clearly not aware of how long all that will take.

Coach him into coming up with sensible time frames for each task, and help him figure out what he needs to do first and what can wait.

Give your child a timer or alarm, perhaps on a watch or phone, when he's doing a task. Set it to go off every few minutes. If he gets sidetracked, the sound will remind him to focus.

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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