Whether you think your child might have ADHD, has recently been diagnosed with ADHD or you have been struggling trying to find the best methods for managing symptoms of ADHD in your children, the following checklist can help you find the information you need.
The checklist can be printed, allowing you to check off each item as you read the accompanying articles, or you can bookmark this page and come back to continue reading information as you need it.
When You Think Your Child Has ADHD
You have heard of ADHD, you may even know a little bit about it. You might know the main symptoms are hyperactivity, impulsiveness and inattention but not really understand what it is all about. If you think your child may have ADHD, the following articles provide an explanation of ADHD, the symptoms and basic information:
_____ When to See a Doctor for Children with ADHD or When to See a Doctor for School Age Children with ADHD
_____ Major Symptoms: Hyperactivity, Impulsiveness, Inattention
_____ Who Can Diagnose and Treat ADHD?
_____ The People You Meet: Medical Professionals Who Treat ADHD
_____ So You Think Your Child Has ADHD
_____ ADHD vs. Normal Childhood Behavior
_____ When is a Temper Tantrum Just a Tantrum or a Signal You Need Help?
_____ Coming to Grips with Your Child's Differences: When Dreams and Realities Collide
Newly Diagnosed with ADHD - More Questions than Answers
Once your child is diagnosed with ADHD, you may still have many questions. The following articles can help you to begin the process of getting your child the help he or she needs.
_____ Tips for Parents When a Child is Diagnosed with ADHD
_____ After the Diagnosis of ADHD
_____ How ADHD Impacts the Daily Life of a Child
_____ Your Child, Their Dreams
_____ Finding a Health Care Provider
Deciding on a Treatment Plan
According to numerous studies, the most effective treatment for children with ADHD is a combination of medication and behavioral strategies. There are, however, some additional options, such as psychotherapy, cognitive behavioral therapy and complementary/alternative treatments. Your doctor should be able to help you set up a treatment plan for your child and help you monitor it to make sure it is effective.
_____ Treatment Guidelines for Children with ADHD
_____ What is Multimodal Treatment and Why is it Important?
_____ Creating a Treatment Plan
_____ Should Your Child Have Psychotherapy as Part of Treatment?
_____ Cognitive Behavioral Therapy
_____ A Sensory Integration Approach to Helping Hyperactive Kids
_____ What About Alternative Treatments?
_____ Is This Treatment Working?
Is Medication Right for Your Child?
Although medication is an effective part of an overall treatment plan, medication may not be right for your child. Other medical conditions or other medications may prevent medication from being a viable option. Some children have a hard time tolerating the side effects of medication or you just may not be sure whether this is right for you. The following articles provides some information to help you make the right decision for your child.
_____ Questions to Ask Your Doctor Before Beginning Medication
_____ Is Medication Right for Your Child?
_____ Side Effects of Commonly Prescribed Medications for ADHD
_____ Tips for Managing Side Effects
_____ Heart Check-ups Before Taking Stimulant Medications
_____ ADHD and Cardiovascular Risk
_____ Medication During Summer Months
Special Considerations During Treatment
No matter how much we plan and work with doctors, psychiatrists or the school system, sometimes the treatment plan just doesn't seem to be working and our children are not improving as we would like. The following articles provide some answers to why treatment may not work and what you can do about it.
_____ When Treatment Isn't Working - The Importance of an Accurate Diagnosis
_____ ADHD and Multiple Disorders
_____ Common Coexisting Conditions
_____ When to Seek Immediate Medical Help
Is a Special Diet Needed?
There has been much discussion over whether diet may be the cause of ADHD. While this is certainly not the case, some changes in your diet may help. Some benefits have been seen by adding Omega 3 to diets. In addition, children with ADHD can have hypersensitivities, making them seem like picky eaters. The following articles will help you understand why this happens and what you can do to help your child.
_____ Diet and ADHD
_____ The Gluten Free Diet
_____ Omega 3 and ADHD
_____ What to Do When Your Child is a Picky Eater
Helping Your Child Understand ADHD
How much you explain to your child depends largely on how old your child is and just what he or she is able to understand. Conversations about ADHD, therefore, need to continue, throughout a child's life, making sure a child understands how ADHD may impact their lives at different times.
_____ Talking to Your Child About ADHD
_____ Five Books for Children
Taking Care of Yourself
Raising a child is tiring, raising a child with special needs is exhausting. Parents sometimes ignore their own needs to focus on their child. This can lead to burnout. Parents need to take time for themselvs.
_____ Finding a Support Group or
Starting Your Own Support Group
_____ 10 Books for Parents
_____ Taking Care of You When Your Family Has ADHD
_____ Destressing Tips for Parents of Children with ADHD
_____ When Parents Need a Vacation - Without Guilt
_____ 10 Tips for Parents of ADHD Kids: How to Keep your Marriage Healthy and Alive
Helping Your Child in School
ADHD is not a learning disability but often interferes with a child's ability to learn. There are laws to help protect children from discrimination in school and can provide accommodations or modifications within the classroom to help a child succeed. The following can help parents navigate the educational system to help ensure their child's success.
_____ The People You Meet - School Personnel
_____ When Parents Feel Their Child Needs Special Accommodations
_____ Does Your Child Need a Tutor
_____ Section 504 for Children with ADHD
_____ How IDEA Applies to Children with ADHD
_____ Suggestions for IEPs and Section 504
_____ How to Write an IEP
_____ Sample IEP
_____ How to Help Your Child Succeed in School
_____ Preparing for School Meetings
_____ School Phobia
_____ Ten Suggestions for Winning the Homework Wars
_____ Choosing After School Activities
Discipline and Behavioral Strategies to Use at Home
Children with ADHD most often succeed in structured and consistent environments. The following articles can help parents set up specific discipline procedures in their home to help create a structured but loving household.
_____Parenting Strategies for Children with ADHD (without Hyperactivity)
_____ Parenting Strategies for Children with ADHD (with Hyperactivity)
_____ Creating a Discipline Process at Home
_____ Using Token Economies to Help Manage Behavior
_____ Games to Motivate Your Children
_____ When "Good Job" Doesn't Cut It-Alternative Ways to Praise Your Child
Targeting Specific Behaviors
There are some specific areas children with ADHD seem to have difficulty with. Transitioning from one activity to another, waiting their turn or falling asleep each night are some common examples of trouble spots. We've taken a few of the most common and offer some common sense approaches to helping your child.
_____Teaching Your Child How to Wait
_____ Helping with Transition Times
_____ 10 Ways to Get Your Child's Attention
_____ Helping Children with ADHD Get to Sleep
_____ Managing Chores in the ADHD Household
_____ The Out of Control Child
Published On: October 01, 2009