Stephen J. Schueler, M.D.

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ADHD Lifestyle Strategies

Lifestyle strategies for children with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder include:

  • Educational programs for attention deficit hyperactivity disorder
  • Avoid foods that contain sugar.
  • Avoid foods that contain food dye.
  • Ask the child to perform only one task at a time.
  • Develop clear rules for behavior.
  • Involve the child in structured activities.
  • Keep tasks simple.
  • Reinforce good behavior.
  • Teach new lessons in short sessions.
  • Use time-outs for problem behavior.

Lifestyle strategies for adults with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder include:
  • Attach deadlines to each task.
  • Break down tasks into a series of smaller ones.
  • Educate coworkers and family members that you have a health problem that is responsible for your behavior.
  • Prepare your daily schedule a day early.
  • Try to set-up a work environment that allows you to concentrate.
  • Use lists and reminders.
  • Use scheduling tools, such as a date book or personal digital assistant.

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Last Updated: Nov 17, 2010 References
Authors: Stephen J. Schueler, MD; John H. Beckett, MD; D. Scott Gettings, MD
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