4 Reliable Routines for Your ADHD Child

February 27, 2014 by Dr. Yannick Pauli

You’ve heard all about the benefits of setting a routine for ADHD kids to manage their behavior and teach them important life skills. On paper, it seems easy to do, but in practice, maintaining these routines can be difficult. After an enthusiastic start, many parents throw in the towel after several weeks of trying to make their kids follow the structure.

The real reason why routines don’t work is because parents give up on them too soon. To provide effective structure in your child’s life, routines must be viewed by your child not just a strategy for better behavior, but as a way of life.

Here are some four ADHD routines you can implement for your child:


ADHD Bedtime Tip: Keep Gadgets Until the Morning

February 20, 2014 by Dr. Yannick Pauli

Does your child complain about having trouble sleeping at night? Here’s a radical solution – consider taking away his or her tablet, smartphone, or laptop until the following morning. According to a new study from the JFK Medical Center in Edison, New Jersey, sending text messages and using other other electric devices during bedtime keeps a child up at night, which aggravates ADHD symptoms the following morning.


Why Having Safety Rules Isn’t Enough

February 13, 2014 by Dr. Yannick Pauli

Numerous studies over the past 3 decades have identified ADHD children as being more accident-prone than kids without the condition. The findings suggest that ADHD kids tend to be able to identify risky situations, but have an impaired ability to estimate just how much damage is possible, and have trouble identifying ways to prevent the accident.


6 Ways to Protect Your Child from Self-Esteem Issues

February 6, 2014 by Dr. Yannick Pauli

When they keep getting negative feedback from adults, it’s common for kids with ADHD to internalize these messages and have self-esteem issues. Sinking self-confidence can have serious risks as the child’s sense of self deteriorates, leading to depression, substance abuse, and other behavioral problems. Because ADHD kids already have many challenges to overcome, they need a strong mindset and healthy sense of self so they can find the strength to accomplish what is important.