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Managing ADHD In Children 5-11 Years

  • If your child has ADHD, you’ll work with a health professional to develop a behaviour management plan to help your child.

  • Behaviour management plans usually cover behaviour and other strategies. They include medication if your child needs it.

  • Looking after yourself is a big part of managing your child’s ADHD.

Worried your child has ADHD: first steps

If you think your child might have attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), the first step is to visit your child’s GP or paediatrician for further assessment and diagnosis.

If your child is diagnosed with ADHD, you and your health professional can work together to develop a behaviour management plan.

Behaviour management plans for children with ADHD

Managing attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) in children is about first accepting that your child will behave in challenging ways. But a behaviour management plan can make the behaviour easier to handle.

A behaviour management plan guides your child towards appropriate behaviour with:

  • strategies to encourage good behaviour

  • social skills to help your child get along with others

  • strategies to manage your child’s energy levels and tiredness

  • strategies to support your child in the classroom

  • medication, if your child needs it.

The best plans are usually based on sound professional advice that takes into account what suits your child and family. Plans should consider all aspects of your child’s life, including your child’s needs and responsibilities at home, at school and in other social settings.

Children with ADHD often experience other difficulties like oppositional defiant disorder or anxiety. You can incorporate strategies to help with these in the management plan.

It’s a good idea to discuss your plan with your child’s family, carers, therapists and teachers. This helps people have realistic expectations of your child’s behaviour. It can also help them understand how best to handle your child’s behaviour. And if they have to give your child medication, they’ll know how much to give and when.

Behaviour strategies to help children with ADHD

Your child’s behaviour management plan will probably include strategies that help your child learn the skills she needs to increase cooperative behaviour and reduce challenging behaviour.

Some simple but effective behaviour strategies might include:

  • changes to the environment to make it easier for your child to behave well

  • clear verbal instructions to help your child understand what you want him to do

  • praise for positive behaviour to encourage your child to keep behaving well

  • predictable daily routines to help your child at demanding times of the day, like when you’re getting ready for school and work in the morning.

Social skills to help children with ADHD