7 strategies to help your ADHD child succeed

My daughter has ADD, borderline ADHD.

The difference between the two is this:

ADD – easily distracted, daydreams, forgetful, disorganized, poor concentration

ADHD – all of the above and hyperactivity including fidgeting, and having a hard time sitting still.  The ADHD child can be impulsive as well.

Children with ADD/ADHD need to be taught strategies for overcoming the challenges that ADD/ADHD presents.  Frankly, I have not done my part to help my daughter.  

This summer I determined to change that.

So, based on my 17 years of experience as a teacher as well as research, I came up with a list of ways I can help my daughter succeed.  I’d like to share them with you today.

7 Strategies to Help Your ADD/ADHD Child Succeed: Mrs. Hines' Class

  1. Give one directive at a time and have your child check back after each completed task.
  2. Provide check lists.  Set up a daily routine and create a to-do list for the morning, afternoon and evening.  Turn that to-do list into a checklist that hangs where your child can see it and refer to it regularly.  For  younger children, use pictures.  
  3. Set up a homework station/center.     We tend to think that this area needs to be distraction free..no t.v., no music, no people.  But, I learned something new the other day.  Take cues from your child.  For example, my daughter prefers for us to be close by.  What I learned is that our presence is a motivator for her to do her work.  That makes complete sense considering many children with ADD are not self-starters.
  4. Stay organized with planners, calendars and lists to keep up with homework, tests, projects, etc.   Use teacher’s websites to double-check assignment due dates and to help your child plan a study schedule.
  5. Provide built-in breaks.    The ADD/ADHD child needs scheduled breaks every so often.  Often times, my daughter will ask if she can go take a shower and then finish her homework.  Before I knew better, I would insist on homework being finished first.  I’ve learned that breaks are okay.
  6. Organize your home.  Clutter is overwhelming for anyone.  It is stimuli for an ADD child.  Designate bins for belonging, and set up a command center where your student can place papers that need to be signed such as permission slips, class information, order forms…etc.
  7. Create a predictable schedule for dinner time, t.v. time, homework time, bath time, and bedtime.  Allow plenty of time for each activity.  Rushing creates stress, irritability and anxiety.  Ain’t nobody got time for that. 

Admittedly, I didn’t get everything on the list done before school started.  Right now, I’m working on finishing the Command Center.

7 Strategies to Help Your ADD/ADHD Child Succeed: Mrs. Hines' Class

  Join me today at Live Creatively Inspired as I share how I set up our Command Center.


See you in class,

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  1. Great tips for any child.
    How do you instill time management in your daughter? Setting timers and alarms works well for us. But I usually am the one reminding about setting the alarm! You know?
    Thank you

  2. Being ADHD, and a daughter with ADD I understand exactly what you are going through and how it is to deal with it. Before I even let them put my daughter on medication I did several other things first. I took all dyes, sugars, starches out of her diet. Then I tracked her work along with teachers for a whole school year. The time in which she was doing school work was important. She did better in the morning, by the afternoon it fell apart. But it was consistent. As a parent with ADHD I didn’t know I was until her specialist pointed out my high energy and short attention span. I learned to be very very organized if I could learn it so could she. I know my child was very intelligent bad teachers can make your child’s life miserable so you are your child’s advocate. I had a first grade teacher pick on my daughter because she failed to complete her work in a timely manner, my daughter was taking a extra class for reading that is why she had trouble completing her work, and before I was certain she was ADD. I am, was my child’s advocate. So stand up in a good way for your child, and be sure and listen to the teacher that is having the problem. But be sure you and the teacher are on the same page. And work with them. I put my child on medication in the 4th grade. She was never problematic or hyper but failed to get her work done and totally understand it. It was a very hard decision, she went to struggling to becoming a A student. But she also had side affects from the medication. Rebound when she became weepy. I changed the time of the medication and it stopped. She was very thin, I also cut sugar and junk from her diet. She had it but it was limited. Where I live they had educational classes for parents. Which I went to to learn as much as I could to raise a healthy child that includes her self esteem. She also went to summer school and took fun classes she loved it. We are a outdoor and believe in physical fitness and encourages her to be active. She loved baseball, and volleyball and excelled all through high school, in these activities her grades became even better, I would have her walk a balance beam, do things that made her focus on the task. She excelled in school and she excels now she is grown. There is new information that every parent can tap into to help your children become healthy adults and to make it easier for your child. You also have to find the right medication. The first two didn’t work on my daughter the third did. I also decided to take the medication it took three different kinds for me to find the right one that I could take. Take your time and educate yourself and your child.

  3. Time management is our biggest hurdle. I’m always giving her time frames and ask her to set her phone alarm to keep her on track…she usually forgets to set her alarm. Thanks so much for visiting!

  4. Thank you so much for sharing your experience….you’ve validated some of the things we are thinking about implementing…like more physical activity. I love the idea of giving her tasks that require extra focus…

    We tried 2 different medicines when my daughter was first diagnosed…they both had unwanted side effects. So my daughter asked to try not using medication.

    She’s done okay without it, but like you said…she struggles. I think we need to revisit the idea of medication again, but my husband doesn’t. 🙁

    We’ve been gradually reducing processed foods and refined sugar..she has some but it’s limited.

    I’ve never been formally diagnosed, but I’m quite sure I have ADD as well. I’m considering medication for myself as well.

    I’m so glad your daughter has succeeded and is doing so well as adult. That is very encouraging to hear. I do worry about the college years and adulthood for my daughter…I’m hoping if I teach her how to overcome now, she will be okay..

    Thank you for the dialogue!

  5. Sharon, I was just reading your comments as well. I was finally diagnosed as a result of my son being diagnosed. I am on meds now and it is a whole new world. My son has extreme hyperness so that has to be medicated but it is an ever changing animal some for side effects some because he grows and gains weight. I used to go talk to teachers from a parents perspective on Sensory Integration Disorder and ADHD here is a link to some of my favorite books and resources http://www.missinformationblog.com/p/sensory-integrationadhd.html

  6. Kelly, thanks so much for the resources. I had just browsed through that list the other day…but quickly…I need to go back and write down some titles.

  7. The value of exercise really stands out in helping focus. If you can build in a few minutes before homework time where they get a snack, run around a little and then get started on homework, it can help. Checklists are also helpful. It gives the consistency lacking in a way that is visual. Medication is important but remember everyone has a different body chemistry so meds all work differently.

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