How To Help Children With Hyperactivity Problem
It is difficult for a child with ADHD to follow and remember a long list of instructions. Instead, break the task down into smaller chunks. Insist that the child look you in the eye when you are explaining things and present the information in small, easy to digest chunks. Have the child repeat back each step.
Writing instructions down can also help the child to follow them. A written, step-by-step list allows a hyperactive child to focus on one small step at a time. He or she can refer to the list to help jog his memory of what he was told and cross off steps as he completes them.
Task completion is a huge struggle for a hyperactive child. Therefore, it is important that the child realize that the task is worth completing. Give praise and rewards whenever the child successfully completes a task. Also, allow her to reward herself by assigning tasks that lead to a prize, such as baking cookies. When coping with hyperactive child, do not worry that you may be “bribing” the child to participate. Positive reinforcement is a reward for getting through the struggle of task completion.