Routine, Routine, Routine!
Transitions are hard for children with ADHD. When you have a predictable routine, they know what to expect and they will feel more prepared.
Rewards for Completing Tasks
Many children with ADHD lack motivation, especially for undesirable or challenging tasks. Use what they love (screen time, park play, crafts) as rewards for completing necessary tasks.
"No" means "No"
All children need consistency and firm limits, but children with ADHD will take every crack in limits/consistency and create a hole, which leads to challenging behaviour.
Physical Activity-Lots and Lots
These children need an outlet for all of the energy buzzing inside their heads and bodies. Make time for this every day.
Many children with ADHD have difficulties falling asleep or staying asleep. Make sleep a priority with a regular bedtime, along with quiet activities before bed (preferably not screen time). There are many great sleep strategies/supports available.
Children with ADHD often crave sweets. The sugar gives a boost of energy, which gives these children the stimulation their brain is seeking. Unfortunately, eating lots of high sugar foods can also lead to weight gain, temper tantrums when the crash hits, dental issues, and refusal to eat nutrient rich foods.