Managing the complexities of ADHD may feel overwhelming at times, but there are tools and resources that can help you and your child.
The behavioral expectations you have for your child should be clearly spelled out in advance—as should your system for rewards and consequences.
Lead by example! You are the primary influencer on your child’s behavior.
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.
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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.
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.
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.
Find a support network: Remember that you are not alone in parenting a child with ADHD.
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.
An online ADHD community from ADDitude magazine, where parents of children with ADHD can ask questions in a “No Judgment Zone.”Visit ADDitude Forums
A nationwide organization that connects individuals with ADHD to a specialized network of ADHD coaches. ADHD coaching helps clients develop the skills and strategies they need to achieve their personal goals and full potential.Visit ADHD Coaches Organization
An organization of psychiatrists working together to ensure effective treatment for all persons with mental illness. Provides education on ADHD, as well as a blog addressing topics relevant to the disorder. Also offers a “Psychiatrist Finder” tool to help connect patients and their families with treatment professionals.Visit American Psychiatric Association
A central “hub” of information and products created for Parent Centers around the country that serve families of children with disabilities. Children with ADHD are entitled to additional help under 2 primary education laws: the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) and Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act. Every state has a parent technical assistance center that may help you learn more about your child’s rights. Knowing your state mandated assistance will help you advocate for your child and make sure he/she receives an Individual Education Plan (IEP) or Section 504 plan.Visit Center for Parent Information Resources (CPIR)
An established organization founded in 1987 to provide education and advocacy to parents of children with ADHD, as well as adults managing the disorder. CHADD’s Parent-to-Parent Program provides basic education on ADHD and helps parents identify local community training programs.Visit Children and Adults with Attention Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (CHADD)
A leading community-based nonprofit dedicated to addressing the needs of those living with mental illness, and to promote mental health for all Americans. Offers screening tools and policy information specific to individuals with ADHD.Visit Mental Health America
The lead federal agency for research on mental disorders. Offers the latest scientific information on ADHD, as well as resources for finding treatment or participating in clinical trials.Visit National Institute of Mental Health