Health Tip: Parenting a Child With ADHD

Suggestions to guide the child's behavior

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(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.

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