Encouraging an ADHD Child

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encourage adhd childLet’s face it. ADHD can be discouraging. Even though they’re wonderful, our children often end up feeling less than perfect. They march to a different drummer, their problems often overshadow their successes, and their sense of overwhelm often eclipses the simple joys of life.

How do you encourage your ADHD child, and help her to develop and maintain a positive self image? Share in the comments below.

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About Kayla

Kayla Fay is a freelance writer and the mother of four boys, three of whom have been formally diagnosed with the inattentive type of ADHD. When she started “Who Put the Ketchup in the Medicine Cabinet?” in 2002, her sons were ages 8 through 14, when her life was a “progression of dirty laundry, lost homework, misunderstood Algebra, and a whole lot of love and fun”.

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  1. To spur your ADHD student, specific praise triumphs over general praise any day of the week. “I like how you’re making study notes for your history test on index cards.” And let him overhear you bragging about him to your spouse, his teacher, a neighbor – or even a sibling.

  2. The best thing I did for my ADHD kid was to get him into a school which has lots of experience teaching kids like him. It has been the best thing we ever did and he loves it. But back when I was trying to help him study, I put up a wall chart with a bird’s-eye view of his desk and study area: It was a map of the organizational areas on his desk with specific zones for textbooks, rulers and pencils, dictionary, etc. It seemed to help him to be able to check the “map” to keep everything in its place without having to constantly make those little decisions.

    • Both really great points. I’ve never thought of using a picture to help with desk organization. What a great idea! Do you still have the chart? It would be great if we could share it!

  3. When my daughter was struggling during her early years in school, I was getting feedback that she wasn’t applying herself towards her work. I found that once I started hanging up her noteworthy work on an empty wall that was at the entrance of our home, displaying her good grades made a huge difference in how much attention she paid to the quality of the work she did.

    • It’s amazing how far just a bit of validation can help a child! Good for you – and good for your daughter. Could you send us a picture?