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

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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Medically Reviewed on 3/21/2019

10 Tips for Parenting a Child With ADHD Symptoms

ADHD in childhood becomes apparent when the child exhibits symptoms of hyperactivity, inability to sit still or pay attention, and impulsivity. The degree of severity varies widely. Some children with ADHD may need only mild interventions and guidance, while others require much greater support to achieve optimal levels of function. While doctors do not fully understand what causes ADHD, it is believed to be related to both changes in the chemical environment of the brain as well as inherited or genetic factors. ADHD does tend to run in families. It is not possible to prevent ADHD.

ADHD in Children Better Parenting Slideshow

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Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) is a common disorder seen in children. ADHD symptoms in children include the inability to focus on tasks or pay attention, impulsiveness, and/or hyperactivity. The American Psychiatric Association estimates 5% of children have ADHD, though some studies believe the incidence may be higher.


The term “ADD” was used by the American Psychiatric Association in the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual (DSM), third edition, first published in 1980. At that time scientists believed attention difficulties are sometimes independent from impulse problems and hyperactivity. By the release of DSM-IV in 1994, the name of the disorder had been replaced with “ADHD.” Today, “ADHD” is considered the current term, while “ADD” is considered outdated.


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