Children with ADHD may need help in organizing. Therefore:
- Schedule. Have the same routine every day, from wake-up time to bedtime. The schedule should include homework time and playtime (including outdoor recreation and indoor activities such as computer games). Have the schedule on the refrigerator or a bulletin board in the kitchen. If a schedule change must be made, make it as far in advance as possible.
- Organize needed everyday items. Have a place for everything and keep everything in its place. This includes clothing, backpacks, and school supplies.
- Use homework and notebook organizers. Stress the importance of writing down assignments and bringing home needed books.
Children with ADHD need consistent rules that they can
understand and follow. If rules are followed, give small rewards. Children with
ADHD often receive, and expect, criticism. Look for good behavior and praise it.