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What are some lifestyle tips I can use to improve my child's life with ADHD?

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These tips may help:

  1. Join a support group. 
  2. Boost your child's self-esteem.
  3. Praise and reward good behavior promptly.  
  4. Be consistent with discipline.
  5. Make instructions simple and specific. 
  6. Encourage your child's special strengths.
  7. Set and follow routines for meals, bedtime, play, and other activities. 
  8. Make time for play and exercise -- outside, if possible. 
  9. Simplify your child's room to curb distractions and improve organization.

SOURCES: 

Heart Rhythm Society. 

American Academy of Pediatrics. 

National Institute of Mental Health. 

Attention Deficit Disorder Association. 

The American Academy of Family Physicians. 

Medscape: "Once-Daily Guanfacine Approved to Treat ADHD." 

Intuniv web site.

Attention Deficit Disorder Resources: "Medication Management for Adults with ADHD." 

Strattera web site. 

National Institute of Mental Health: "Questions Raised about Stimulants and Sudden Death." 

HelpGuide.org: "ADD & ADHD Medications." 

News release, Pfizer.

FDA: "FDA permits marketing of first brain wave test to help assess children and teens for ADHD."

Reviewed by Smitha Bhandari on March 25, 2019

SOURCES: 

Heart Rhythm Society. 

American Academy of Pediatrics. 

National Institute of Mental Health. 

Attention Deficit Disorder Association. 

The American Academy of Family Physicians. 

Medscape: "Once-Daily Guanfacine Approved to Treat ADHD." 

Intuniv web site.

Attention Deficit Disorder Resources: "Medication Management for Adults with ADHD." 

Strattera web site. 

National Institute of Mental Health: "Questions Raised about Stimulants and Sudden Death." 

HelpGuide.org: "ADD & ADHD Medications." 

News release, Pfizer.

FDA: "FDA permits marketing of first brain wave test to help assess children and teens for ADHD."

Reviewed by Smitha Bhandari on March 25, 2019

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