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Tips for helping a child with ADHD

By Kristen Kridel, Special to the Tribune

February 27, 2013

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Tips for helping a child with ADHD from professional ADHD coach Dale Davison:

• Put in place as much structure as possible.

• Demonstrate how to organize specific items, such as bookshelves and backpacks.

• Break tasks down into small steps.

• Teach time management by "externalizing" time. Demonstrate time passing with a cooking timer or song.

• Teach "self talk" or questions for the child to ask him or herself to slow impulsive actions and emotions.

• Make a plan for the task at hand, discussing specifically what needs to be done, how long each step will take and when the plan will be executed.

• Focus on encouraging and cultivating the child's strengths.