|Parenting and Behavioural Issues
: Strategies for the Older Child with ADHD
With age of course comes added responsibilities, and so adolescents
with ADHD should be encouraged to learn techniques for monitoring
and controlling their own behavior and attention levels. Organizational
skills should be stressed, as well as adherence to a regular routine.
Getting in the habit of drawing up lists and reminders to himself
will help your teen keep on track throughout the day. He should
also be encouraged to prioritize tasks around a realistic schedule.
You may wish to give him a pocket-sized notebook or agenda in
which lists and reminders can be written down. Homework assignments,
important dates, task reminders and other important events or
information should be written down in clearly divided sections
of the book for easy reference.
Organizational skills will also be fostered by maintaining a regular
daily routine. Meals, waking up, going to bed, and other daily
events should be planned around a regular schedule. During the
school year, time should be set aside each evening for homework
assignments, at the same hour. A quiet area should be provided
where your teen can work on school assignments, away from distractions.
As always, a nutritious, balanced diet is important to support
optimal health- and of course keeping active in sports or other
high energy activities may help your teen to channel excess energy.
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