Tips for parents
Homework can cause great friction between children and their parents. For children with ADD/ADHD,
- Explain to the child and if possible the parent that homework should be done within a set time-frame - a timer can be useful tool for this.
- Advise parents of children with ADD/ADHD, if the child is struggling with their homework, to cease activity before the child becomes too frustrated.
- Whether or not the task is fully completed within the specified time-frame should be viewed as an accomplishment in itself.
- Different forms of homework could be considered e.g. home computer, tape recorder, practical exercises (measuring a room).
- Bringing home the correct set of books presents difficulties for children with ADD/ADHD and parents may purchase a second set of books, which remain at home.
How does the future look for my child?
We cannot emphasise enough how important it is NOT to ignore the fact that your child may have a condition that he needs help with. It's not shameful and your child is normal. If you can have your child assessed and diagnosed early, your child can have as good a future as anybody else. The important thing is to act as soon as possible.
25 good things about ADHD/ADD
- Lots of energy
- Willing to try things and take risks
- Ready to talk, and can talk a lot
- Gets along well with adults
- Can do several things at one time
- Intelligent - Sharp
- Needs less sleep
- Good sense of humour
- Good at taking care of younger children
- Sees details other people miss
- Understands what it is like to be teased or to be in trouble therefore can be understanding of other children
- Can think of different and new ways to do things
- Volunteers to help others
- Happy and enthusiastic
- Imaginative - Creative
- Articulate - Can say things well
- Sensitive - Compassionate
- Eager to make new friends
- More fun to be with than most children
- Great memory
- Warm and loving
- Cares a lot about families