Monday, 27 February 2012

Tips to help a child with ADHD follow the instructions

Following instructions is one of the most difficult tasks for a child with ADHD master. Children with ADHD are easily distracted and tend to get diverted much. With great patience and support, you can help your ADHD child learn to follow instructions with these simple ideas.

1. Organize and simplify the instructions:

Follow the directions simply stated as possible so that your child can remember their easily and step to lose in your words. Make the most important information stand out. "Sara, I want that for your jacket, get your backpack and put on your shoes, then come here me.". You have which? Jacket, backpack, shoes. "Go!"

2 Use multisensory strategies to help memory:

• You can sing and dance the instructions with your child. "jacket, backpack, shoes, yee - ha!
• You can have your child clap of the hands or take advantage of the table for each step, to do.

3. Learn your child to repeat the instructions:

Ask your child to repeat each direction a few times. "out of a piece of paper, a pencil and write my name at the top of the document." Paper, pencil, name. Paper, pencil, name. »

4 Make maps for procedures or routines that are repeated:

This is particularly useful to organize and maintain a routine. For example if you have a list of items that need to do each day before the school you can create a control list.

1 _ make my bed.
2 _ put dirty clothes in the basket.
3 _ feed the cat.

That your child has completed a step, it can verify this step from the list. This will give your child some guidelines and keep the attention on the task at hand.

5 Be favourable and stay positive:

Harass your child will not help them to learn the strategies and skills needed to follow the instructions. You can provide support for your child by:

• invite your child to listen. "I'll give you the instructions, I would like that you please look at me so I know that you are listening."

• ask your child how you can provide a callback for them without harassment. They may suggest a gesture of the hand or a tap on the wall, a blink of an eye, etc.

• provide understanding where your child feels frustration. "I understand that it is difficult to keep track of to do so at a time." You want me to help you a list that we can start by check after each stage? »

• your child often praised. If they perform the task their rent to make an effort. If your child is unable to complete a task, encourage him to try to get it is finished. Use positive encouragement.

Karina Richland, M.A., E.T. is the Director and founder of pride learning centres. A former Professor of Los Angeles Unified School District, Ms. Richland has dedicated his life to the field of reading and learning disabilities, works as a therapist education and Director of pride learning centres. Ms. Richland often speaks to parents, teachers and professionals on learning differences and wrote for several newspapers and publications. You can reach by e-mail to

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