Self Care Management Plan
ADHD is a common behavioral disorder that affects an estimated 8% to 10% of school-age children. Boys are about three times more likely than girls to be diagnosed with it, though it's not yet understood why. Kids with ADHD act without thinking, are hyperactive, and have trouble focusing. They may understand what's expected of them but have trouble following through because they can't sit still, pay attention, or attend to details. Of course, all kids (especially younger ones) act this way at times, particularly when they're anxious or excited. But the difference with ADHD is that symptoms are present over a longer period of time and occur in different settings. They impair a child's ability to function socially, academically, and at home. The good news is that with proper treatment and management, kids with ADHD can learn to successfully live with and manage their symptoms.
Below are links to resources where you will find valuable information for helping to self-manage your child’s condition, and files that you can print out and use at home.
Managing Attention Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder:
Education: What You Need to Know About Stimulant Medication: An important article for understanding how medication works in the treatment of ADD/ADHD http://www.healthychildren.org/English/health-issues/conditions/adhd/pages/what-you-need-to-know-about-stimulant-medication.aspx
Advice: Effective Parenting of Teenagers with ADHD: A how-to guide for helping your child manage this condition successfully.
Self Care Plan: Daily Routines and Rhythms - A how-to guide for helping your child manage this condition successfully by setting up daily routines to live by. http://www.healthychildren.org/English/health-issues/conditions/adhd/pages/Daily-Routines-and-Rhythms-.aspx
Additional ADHD Links and Resources:
Children and Adults with Attention-Deficit / Hyperactivity Disorder- www.chadd.org
Inside ADHD - www.insideadhd.org
National Resource Center on ADHD - www.help4adhd.org
Elementary School Medication Log - http://insideadhd.org/uploadedFiles/Elementary_School_Medications_Log.pdf