Symptoms and Signs of 10 Tips for Parenting a Child With ADHD

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Medically Reviewed on 3/21/2019

Doctor's Notes on 10 Tips for Parenting a Child With ADHD

Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) is a common condition (possibly 11% of school-aged children) with signs and symptoms of hyperactivity, inability to sit still or pay attention ad impulsivity; however, these symptoms vary from mild to severe.

The exact causes of ADHD are not fully understood; it is believed to be related to both chemical changes in the brain and inherited or genetic factors. However, parents, teachers, therapists and other have recommended ways to help the child:

  1. Work as a team
  2. Use routines
  3. Define rules and expectations
  4. Use positive feedback
  5. Use consequences for negative behaviors
  6. Use specific instructions
  7. Do one thing at a time
  8. Help stop distractions; manage time
  9. The parents and caregivers are models; they may do as you do
  10. Encourage the child especially where they excel


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