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The ADHD Child Bill of Rights

ADHD Kids bill of rights

Bill of Rights of the ADHD Child

ADHD Kids bill of rights

A while ago, I found this wonderful document, which was first printed in the newsletter of the Delaware Association for the Education of Young Children.

Authored by Ruth Harris, the ADHD Child’s Bill of Rights can help every parent better understand their ADHD child and what he or she needs.

I love these ten “rights”- because they’re so right for my own – and every other child with ADHD.

What are the ten “Rights of every ADHD Child”?

  1. Help me to focus. Please teach me through my sense of touch. I need “hands-on” help and body movement.

  2. I need to know what comes next. Please give me a structured environment where there is a dependable routine. Give me an advance warning if there will be changes.

  3. Wait for me, I’m still thinking. Please allow me to go at my own pace. If I’m rushed, I get confused and upset.

  4. I’m stuck, I can’t do it …! Please offer me options for problem solving. If the road is blocked, I need to know the detours.

  5. Is it right? I need to know. Please give me rich and immediate feedback on how I’m doing

  6. I didn’t know I wasn’t in my seat …! Please remind me to stop, think, and act

  7. Am I almost done …? Please give me short work periods with short-term goals.

  8. What …? Please don’t say, “I already told you that!” Tell me again, in different words. Give me a signal. Draw me a symbol.

  9. I know it’s all wrong, isn’t it … ? Please give me praise for partial success. Reward me for self-improvement, not just for perfection.

  10. But why do I always get yelled at … ? Please catch me doing something right and praise me for the specific positive behavior. When I’m having a bad day, remind me-and yourself about my good points

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About the Author Jennifer Goguen, INHC, BA

Jennifer was born in Newfoundland, Canada’s easternmost province. After graduating from Memorial University with a BA in Psychology she moved to Halifax to learn about IT and eventually found herself working in the insurance industry for 10 years. During this time she met her husband and now is a proud wife and mother of two boys. Always interested in healthy nutrition, essential oils and holistic wellness, she furthered her education and skills and graduated as a certified integrative nutrition health coach. A little while back one of her children was labeled as being ADHD so it was only natural for her to learn and study everything available on this and related topics. This enables her to now help other parents with children labeled as ADHD, ADD, ASD, Autism etc. to not only access conventional care, but in cooperation with Dr. Christine to develop and offer true holistic care for affected families and Individuals. Having a caring attitude and excellent listetning skills, while bing able to challenge and kick b..., she is bringing massive value to her clients.

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