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How can I keep clear and reasonable expectations for my child with ADHD?

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Keep your expectations reasonable. Base them on what's appropriate for your child's age and focus on only a few tasks at a time. Clearly explain what type of behavior you expect from your child in order to be rewarded. If you think of several appropriate rewards and let your child pick from among them, they may take more ownership in the program. That will make success more likely. Stay calm, too. You can have your child repeat the directions back to you to make sure they understand. And be consistent. If you don't always reward good behavior, it sends your child mixed messages.

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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