Parenting Guide

Step by Step Help for Children with ADHD: A Self-Help Manual for Parents (2010) - Margaret Thompson, Anne Weeks, David Daley and Edmund J. S. Sonuga-Barke Cathy Laver-Bradbury

Read through my new book last night and must say I was impressed. Really simple advice broken down into a 6-step plan with diaries and checklists to help you along the way. Have already started on step one this morning and so far so good. Granted, it’s only been 2 hours, but still... small victories! 

Step one is all about eye-contact, attention and awareness. It may seem like common sense to most of you, but I really had never considered how important it is for me to really connect with him when I’m giving instructions or checking he has understood what I’m saying. The main advice is to always make eye-contact when asking your child to do something AND when you are praising them, trying to encourage them to associate it with positive things rather than simply being told off. This step also suggests parents make a note of the things their child can do well and build upon those things incrementally: if they can sit and play for 10 minutes, next time stretch it to 12 minutes etc. Like I said, such simple, practical advice seems so obvious once someone says it... I just needed someone to say it.