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Parents, just as they advise about putting your own oxygen mask first before you help others, be sure to create a support structure for you. Locate knowledgeable professions and consult them when behavioral issues arise. Be sure to ask for help when you need it - know your limits. Structure, structure, structure. Create an environment to function as a kind of internal support system. AD/HD children feel happier when there is a predictable safety net of rules and consequences. Make lists. Create check-off charts. Repetition brings a greater sense of confidence and can lead to mastery of a skill over time.
|Jennifer Mathes, Ph.D.|