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How can I remind my child with ADHD about chores or tasks?

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Use large, colorful sticky notes. Put them where they'll do the most good, in places where your child needs to remember something -- "Brush your teeth" on the bathroom mirror or "Do you have your backpack?" by the door, for examples.

Use a large calendar for ongoing weekly tasks or projects that will take a while, and hang it somewhere your child will see it many times a day. Let him fill in and check off deadlines.

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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