Parents who care for children with ADHD know the meaning of stress. These parents often feel hopeless, like nothing they do will make a difference. They've often tried it all: discipline, rewards, being lax, being strict... everything!
Thankfully, research supports a number of interventions that parents can use to control the symptoms of ADHD. The ADHD Interventions for Parents printout includes a list of tried-and-true techniques that we know can work. Interventions include tips to write effective rules, using praise, creating a reward system, implementing a homework hour, establishing structure, and using consequence the right way.
These interventions are not a magic bullet—they require time, patience, and dedication on the part of the parent. Be sure to work closely with parents to review their implementation of these techniques and to troubleshoot any issues that might arise.
1. Mercugliano, M. (1999). What is attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder? Pediatric Clinics, 46(5), 831-843.