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Some specific examples that may help with your child's behavior include3:

Create a routine for your child to follow every day, from the time they wake up until they go to bed.

Encourage your child to put schoolbags, clothing, and toys in the same place every day.

Turn off the TV, limit noise, and make sure your child's work space is clear. Some children with ADHD learn better if they are moving or listening to background music.

Limit choices to help your child feel less overwhelmed or overstimulated. For example, have them choose this meal or that one, this shirt or that one.

Be clear and specific when you talk with your child. Use simple, brief directions when they need to do something.

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Help your child plan. Break down tasks into simpler, shorter steps. For longer tasks, take breaks in between steps.

Use a chart to list goals and track positive behaviors. Let your child know they have done well by telling them or by rewarding them in other ways. Be sure the goals are realistic—small steps are important!

When disciplining your child, avoid scolding, yelling, or spanking. Instead, use time-outs or loss of privileges as consequences for inappropriate behavior.

Create opportunities for success. Encourage your child in things that he or she does well—school, sports, art, music—to help create positive experiences. Build your child's confidence by rewarding them and acknowledging their accomplishments.

Nutritious food, lots of physical activity, and suffcient sleep can help keep ADHD symptoms from getting worse.


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