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ADHD: Structuring the Home Environment

 


When a child has Attention-Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder, the smallest things can be the biggest distractions. Parents of children with ADHD can take steps to help their children thrive at home.  First, keep children with ADHD on a routine, daily schedule. Plan the time they wake up, eat, leave for school, and go to sleep about the same time each day. Next, organize your house. If a child with ADHD has a specific, logical place to keep schoolwork, toys and clothes, he is less likely to lose them. Written reminders and charts can help a child with ADHD track chores and plan homework. And aim for slow and steady progress rather than instant results, whether it involves sitting still during meals, or remembering to turn in homework. Your pediatrician can provide you with other ways to create a supportive environment for children diagnosed with ADHD.

 

The above script is part of the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) radio series 'A Minute for Kids,' which airs weekdays on WBBM-AM in Chicago, IL.

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