October 3, 2008
Health Tip: Parenting a Child With ADHD
Suggestions to guide the child's behavior
(HealthDay News) -- Children with attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) often require special attention to help manage their behavior.
The University of Michigan Health System offers these suggestions for parents of a child with ADHD:
- Pay attention to the good qualities your child has, and tell him or her when you notice good behavior.
- When offering praise, tell your child specifically what was done well and what you liked about it.
- Offer direction in a positive way. Tell the child what you want done, instead of what shouldn't be done.
- Offer immediate and constant feedback throughout the day, keeping it simple and clear.
- Because medications for ADHD can affect appetite, make sure your child has plenty of healthy meals and snacks throughout the day.
- Keep a close eye on your child during play and exercise to prevent injury caused by active, impulsive behavior.