These are things that can really make a difference:

  • Go to the GP or school if you are worried that your child may have ADHD – a diagnosis can help you move forwards

  • ADHD is a whole-family issue. Make sure that all family members understand what is going on, normalise it and keep a balance of attention in the family

  • Avoid giving your child with ADHD the ‘bad reputation’ in the family

  • It is important to maintain boundaries and discipline and not put up with bad behaviour, like disobedience, swearing or violence

  • Ensure you provide a healthy lifestyle with balanced diet, activity and sleep routines

  • Give your child simple instructions – get close, look at them, talk slowly and calmly

  • Praise your child when they have done what is required, however small (but be careful not to overpraise)

  • Write helpful lists and post them up somewhere visible (fridge/backdoor)

  • Break up necessary sit-down times such as meals and homework into smaller, manageable chunks, say 15-20 minutes

  • Avoid food additives and colourings; there is some evidence that children with ADHD are particularly sensitive to these. Discuss this with a GP or dietician if you are unsure

  • Find out about local parenting programmes and support groups – these can really help

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