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ADHD Resources

Managing the complexities of ADHD may feel overwhelming at times, but there are tools and resources that can help you and your child.

Planning ahead for summertime with ADHD
Tips for combining fun and structure—the recipe for the best summer ever for the child with ADHD!

Talking to the teacher
Tips for a successful school year, and questions to help guide discussions with your child’s teachers.

Holiday ADHD checklist
Download this form to assist in planning holiday events and activities with your family.

IEPs and Section 504 Plans
This chart compares the main points of each plan side by side, to help you understand the differences.

At-home strategies to help your child with ADHD

Managing ADHD can feel difficult at times. But little strategies at home may make a big difference. If your child is struggling with ADHD at home, you might want to try one or more of the following strategies.

At-school strategies to help your child with ADHD

Work with your child’s teachers to create a successful classroom environment

Both in school and at home, a structured and accommodating environment may benefit children with ADHD. Below are some simple, easy-to-implement strategies for managing ADHD in the classroom. You may wish to discuss these strategies with your child’s teachers.

You are your child’s most important resource!

You are your child’s most important resource!

Not actual patient

That’s why it is equally important for you to practice self-care. Below are some tips on how to maintain coping skills while parenting a child with ADHD.

Stay positive: Maintain your calm and focus in the face of challenges, just as you would want your child to do.

  • Remember that today’s behaviors can change and improve over time
  • No family is perfect, so keep your perspective and sense of humor where you can!

Compromise when possible: Focus on the larger goal of behavioral support for your child, and less on the smaller, day-to-day struggles.

Believe in your child: Start the day by making a mental or written list of all the things about your child that are special, positive, valuable, and/or unique.

  • Trust that your child can succeed as he/she learns, changes, and matures

Take time for yourself: Try not to feel guilty about leaving your child with other caregivers so you can do the things that make you feel happy or nourished.

  • Exercising, spending time with friends or your spouse—any activities that help you reduce stress are important enough to prioritize

Find a support network: Remember that you are not alone in parenting a child with ADHD.

Recommended ADHD Reading List for Parents

Recommended ADHD Reading List for Parents

Parenting a Child with ADHD – Tips and strategies

Parenting a Teen with ADHD – Strategies for parents

ADHD: Tips for Parents – Includes behavioral modification strategies

Parenting a Child with ADHD – Tips and resources

Education and support for parents

The following ADHD support organizations may help arm you with knowledge, provide a sense of community, or just give you the opportunity to talk to others who may share your parenting challenges.