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Health Tip: Communicate With an ADHD Child

Shouting doesn't help
(HealthDay News) -- It can be difficult to capture the attention of a child with attention deficit-hyperactivity disorder (ADHD).
The University of Michigan Health System offers these suggestions:
Avoid shouting instructions at the child. Put your hands on the child's shoulders, kneel down and acknowledge when the child makes eye contact, then provide clear instructions. Give instructions one at a time, breaking down a large task into several smaller ones. Make frequent eye contact with the child and repeat your instructions. For multiple-step instructions, make a checklist that covers everything.
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