How to Help Your ADHD Child Study for Tests

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The most important thing if you're child's been diagnosed with ADHD, is to make sure that he or she is getting the medication and, or the counseling that they need. Help your ADHD child study for tests with help from an expert who has been a practicing psychologist for 25 years in this free video clip.

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Hi, I'm Dr. Jean Cirillo, I'm a practicing psychologist in New York. And in this tape we're going to talk about how to help your ADHD child study for tests. The most important thing if you're child's been diagnosed with ADHD, is to make sure that he or she is getting the medication and, or the counseling that they need. They have to have their brain in the best working condition in order to be able to focus on school and studying and homework. The next thing is to be supportive rather than critical. Remember your child is not deliberately losing their possessions or forgetting to do their homework just to be an annoyance, it's difficult for them. Remember that they have an extra handicap compared to some of the other kids. So you have to make what we call reasonable accommodations for them, allow them a little extra time. It's also very important for an ADHD child not to have a lot of distractions while they're doing homework or studying for tests. Somebody else might be able to have music and a lot of noise in the background. An ADHD needs a quiet space with good light, not a lot of noise, no interruptions. And you as the parent need to provide this structure. If you do these things, it's much more likely that your child will eventually evolve into doing their homework on their own. Providing the situation they need and doing reasonably well at home and in school.

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