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How You Can Help Your Child

Find out how you can help your child with ADHD by reading this page.

If your child has ADHD, get help
Some of the things that are helpful for some children are:

  • Medicines that help some children pay attention better. These medicines are called stimulants (STI-myoo-lants). Ritalin is one of the most common ones used but there are others that can help too. These medicines are safe for most kids. But they can have side effects.
    • Some children don't eat as much and lose weight.
    • Some kids have trouble sleeping.
    • Some kids get headaches or feel sick to their stomachs.
    • Some kids get grouchy.
    • Some kids get upset when the drug wears off at the end of the day. This is called rebound.
    • A few kids have short, or quick repeated movements called "tics". For example, they may blink their eyes a lot.
  • If your doctor suggests medicine, watch out for side effects. Sometimes the dose can be changed to lower the side effects.
    Or sometimes the doctor will want to try a different drug.
  • Working to help your child change how he acts. This is called behavioral treatment (be-HAY-vyoo-ral TREET-ment).
    A therapist can help you make a plan for this.
  • Work with your child's teachers and the school to find out how you can help your child.
  • Make sure your child's IEP includes what he needs to help him deal with ADHD.

Learn more about treating ADHD at ADHD.com.

We finally found some medicine that helped my son

My older son has a severe hearing loss and has ADHD/inattentive. We've had a hard time with meds, finally going to Adderall and it's been nearly a miracle. He's gone from getting 35-40% on timed math tests to a string of at least 10 tests in a row with 100%. The change in focus has been incredible. I had very mixed feelings about putting him on medication. But he clearly responds well to it and it's the difference between focus and no focus. And he feels so good about himself!

—   Parent of a deaf child with ADHD

Learn all you can about ADHD
Learn all you can about ADHD in children who are deaf or hard of hearing.

  • Talk to other parents. Ask them what they do that helps.
  • Talk to your doctor or psychologist. Ask them what they recommend.

Check out these websites:

  • ADHD.com has a lot of information about ADHD. But nothing about ADHD in children with hearing loss.
  • CHADD is an organization for people with ADHD. They offer parent support and lots of information.
  • ADHD and Hearing Loss: Deficit or Boredom has a lot of information and references if you want to know what research has been done.

Read this book to learn about things you can do to help your child learn to behave better:

  • Kid-Friendly Parenting with Deaf and Hard-of-Hearing Children: A Treasury of Fun Activities Toward Better Behavior, by Daria J. Medwid and Denise Chapman Weston.

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