Set Up Routines
When working with a child with ADHD success often comes from setting up routines and sticking to them. It helps establish consistency and expectations. Many times your ADHD child may know what needs to be done, but has a hard time prioritizing the tasks at hand.
It’s important to understand that it takes time to set up routines that are consistent. Normally, changes in behaviors take 21 to 30 days before they become habit.
Think about a routine that you tried to establish for yourself. If you were successful, it’s probably because you established the routine, executed on it, and were consistent.
So let’s just say you’re setting up a morning routine for your child. As it stands now, things are chaotic in the morning, always looking for the lost shoe, homework left in the bedroom, teeth rarely brushed, etc. To establish a consistent routine, you may want to start with a checklist. It may look something like this:
√ Eat Breakfast
√ Get Dressed
√ Brush Your Teeth
√ Make sure everything is in your backpack
Keep things simple. Set your child up for success. If your checklist includes too many things—like make your bed, make your lunch, etc.—and your child doesn’t have time to do them, you’re setting them up for failure.
It’s important to understand that a checklist is designed to successfully get them to the goal, which in this case is getting ready for school.
Since mornings are hectic, it’s not recommended that you overload it with chores that can be done after school. Just focus on what is needed. The only other thing you may want to add is:
√ Watch TV when 1-4 are completed.
You’ll be amazed how quickly and efficiently the list gets completed.
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