Tips for Parenting a Child with ADHD

Tips for Parenting a Child with ADHD Summary
Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) can be challenging for a parent or caregiver with a child with this disorder. There are steps, routines, and help for parents and caregivers of children with ADHD to help guide the family toward a productive and healthy life.
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What is ADHD?

ADHD, or attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, is a behavioral condition characterized by inattention or difficulty focusing one's attention, impulsiveness, and/or hyperactivity. It has been estimated that approximately 5% of U.S. children have ADHD, according to established diagnostic criteria.

What are the symptoms of ADHD?

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Symptoms of a child with ADHD can include the following:

  • difficulty sustaining and paying attention to tasks at home, school and/or in the community;
  • making careless errors, not following through with tasks or completing instructions;
  • being easily distracted;
  • look like they aren't listening;
  • bored easily;
  • being forgetful, losing things;
  • having difficulty organizing tasks, activities, or belongings;
  • being fidgety, difficulty remaining seated;
  • talking excessively;
  • running or climbing about excessively when it is inappropriate to do so;
  • having difficulty awaiting his/her turn in a game or activity;
  • interrupting or intruding on others;
  • avoiding or disliking doing things that take a lot of effort for a long time.

Many children with ADHD will have symptoms that persist into adulthood. Effective treatments for ADHD include both medications and behavioral therapies.

Not surprisingly, parenting a child with ADHD can pose special challenges.

Medically Reviewed by a Doctor on 10/23/2014

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We have a 13-year-old with ADHD. Is this something that he might outgrow?

This is a very frequently asked question from families, as well as from the adolescent with ADHD. The teen frequently wishes to "stop taking his medicine" as a sign of independence (or rebellion?), and the families have frequently worked so long and hard with their child that they hope that the problem will now be "outgrown."