By DiverseMinds Research Team
Reading time 5 minutes ⏰
Children (to help children and adults with ADHD stay organized)
Parents and teachers can help children with ADHD use tools to stay organized and follow instructions, such as:
Adhere to daily routines and schedules. Maintain the same routine every day from the time you wake up to the time you go to bed. This includes time for homework, outdoor play and indoor activities. Stick a schedule to the refrigerator or hang a bulletin board in the kitchen. If there are changes, write them on the schedule as far in advance as possible.
Organize your daily items. Everything has to be organized in its own space.That includes clothes, backpacks and toys.
Use organizing tools to organize lessons and notebooks. Use organizing tools to organize school materials and supplies. Explain to your kid the importance of doing homework and bringing home the necessary books.
Speak clearly and consistently. Kids with ADHD needs rules that they understand and follow.
Praise or reward your child for following the rules. Children with ADHD are often criticized. Observe good behavior and praise it.
A professional counselor or therapist can help adults with ADHD learn how to organize their lives around work, such as:
Follow daily routines
Make lists of different tasks and activities
Schedule events with a calendar
Keep keys, change and documents in a separate location
Break up larger work tasks into smaller, more manageable steps so that completing each part of the task gives a sense of accomplishment.
Get immediate help if you face a crisis
Call the National Suicide Prevention Life Line toll-free at + 1 833-456-4566 and it is answered 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. The service is available to all. All calls are confidential.
If you have thoughts of harming/injuring yourself or suicide:
Tell someone who can help immediately
Call a licensed mental health professional (if you are already working with a professional) Call your doctor
Please go to the ememerncy department of the nearest hospital
If a relative has suicidal thoughts:
Never leave him alone
Try to get a loved one to seek immediate help from a doctor or the nearest hospital emergency room or call 911.
Remove weapons or other tools that could be used to commit suicide, including medication