prepared by the staff of the NYU Child Study Center
  1. Work with your child to create a plan
    Be aware of how ADHD can affect your child's strategy. Target each event—homework, fun and family—then work with them to stay on track

  2. Maintain a regular schedule
    Work to consistently follow a plan with your child at home, in-school, after-school and on weekends.

  3. Build a support team that includes parents, teachers, instructors and coaches
    Talk with them about how ADHD affects your child's life. Discuss successes and work together on the challenges.

  4. Encourage participation in after-school activities
    Look for structured activities that use energy constructively and build social skills to bring success in and out of school.

  5. Manage ADHD for the long-term
    Work with your physician to develop a total treatment program. To stay focused all day, use behavior modification techniques and medications recommended by a doctor that provide coverage all day.

  6. Ease the strain of ADHD
    Keep routines fun and take breaks when times get tough to help relieve the stress of ADHD.

  7. Recognize EVERY win
    Review your child's progress regularly and celebrate accomplishments, small and large.

  8. Use available resources
    Take time to teach your child how to use calendars, organizers, and written reminders to help them stay focused in all parts of their day.

  9. Evaluate their personal strength and weakness
    Managing ADHD requires discipline, a positive attitude and good planning skills.

  10. Understand the challenges of ADHD
    Know that ADHD is a medical condition that makes it more difficult to control behavior and attention. Stress the importance of taking responsibility for recognizing and understanding the challenges of ADHD.