Children dealing with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder can have great difficulty following directions and staying organized. Parents of children with this disorder must take steps to help their children keep organized as well as follow directions. Some of the ways that a parent can help their child in these areas include scheduling, organizing everyday items, using homework organizers, using notebook organizers, being clear and consistent and giving rewards and praise for the right behaviors.
Parents should maintain the same routine on a daily basis from the moment the child wakes up until he or she goes to bed. There should be specific times scheduled for homework, indoor activities and outdoor play. Make sure that you keep this schedule printed up on the refrigerator, on a bulletin board or in some other easily-accessible place for your child. If the schedule needs changes, put them down as soon as possible so that there is time to adjust.
Organization is vital for children with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder. Make sure that everyday items are organized and that there is a place for every item. Backpacks, clothing, toys and other items need to be kept in their places.
Notebook organizers and homework organizers will help to keep school materials and school supplies organized. Stress to your child with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder how important it is to write down assignments and bring home the necessary supplies like books in order to complete those assignments. Children that have attention deficit hyperactivity disorder need you to be very clear and consistent when setting and maintaining rules, schedules and routines.
Children that have attention deficit hyperactivity disorder often receive unwarranted criticism, and so they come to expect it. Look for the good and positive behaviors from your child and praise them or give rewards so that you can reinforce the positive behaviors in favor of the negative.