Health Tip: Managing ADHD

(HealthDay News) -- Attention deficit-hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) usually affects people first in childhood, and may linger into adulthood.

Typical symptoms include difficulty paying attention or following directions, trouble sitting still or playing quietly, and impulsive behavior.

The Nemours Foundation says while there is no cure for ADHD, the disorder can be managed successfully. It offers these suggestions to affected parents:

  • Create a daily schedule at home that will become easy for your child to remember and follow. Post the schedule where your child can see it.
  • Organize your child's belongings -- including school supplies, clothes and toys -- to make them easier to find.
  • Minimize distractions such as television, music and the computer while your child is trying to complete a task.
  • Don't allow your child too many choices when it comes to selecting food, clothing or toys.
  • Keep instructions to your child short, direct and clear.
  • Set goals for your child, and offer rewards when those goals are met.
  • Take away a privilege or put your child in "time out" when the child misbehaves. Don't resort to shouting or physical discipline.
  • Build self-esteem by encouraging and promoting skills at which your child excels.

-- Diana Kohnle

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