Having a child with ADHD can be challenging. They may miss important instructions, have difficulty sitting still, struggle to keep their eyes on what they are doing, or be too distracted to carry out basic daily tasks. Some of the parents I work with are desperate for ways to help manage their children’s symptoms at home so daily life isn’t such a struggle. Here are 10 strategies to help your child be more focused and organized at home:
1. Kids with ADHD thrive on structure. Create structure in your day by keeping daily routines as consistent as possible. Use visual checklists and have your child check off completed tasks. If your child is not doing what is expected, instead of telling him what to do, ask him what he will look like when ready for the activity he is preparing for. This helps children pre-imagine the situation, develop situational intelligence, and get things done.
2. Keep your house organized. Having designated homes for everyone’s belongings helps kids find what they need when they need it, and it makes cleanup easier too! (more…)