Sunday, November 19, 2006

Health Tip: Coping With ADHD

(HealthDay News) -- Attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) is a behavioral condition that can make it difficult for children to concentrate and follow directions.

ADHD can be controlled with medication and behavioral therapy, including lifestyle changes. Here are a few things you can do to help your child cope with ADHD, courtesy of the American Academy of Family Physicians:

  • Keep your child on a regular schedule for activities like waking up, going to bed, play time, homework and meal times.
  • Make sure your child understands house rules, and the consequences for not following them. It may help to write them down.
  • Reinforce good behavior with rewards and praise.
  • When giving your child directions, speak slowly, clearly and keep it simple. Also ask the child to repeat the directions back to you.
  • Supervise your child at all times, particularly when with friends. Social skills may be more difficult for children with ADHD to master, so it's important to give positive feedback for good behavior.

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