The ADHD Childís Bill Of Rights
By Ruth Harris
"Help me to focus"
"Please teach me through my sense of "touch".
I need "hands on" and "body movement".
"I need to know what comes next"
Please give me a structured environment where there is a
Give me an advanced warning if there will be changes.
"Wait for me, Iím still thinking"
Please allow me to go at my own pace.
If I rush, I get confused and upset.
"Iím stuck ! I cant do it !"
Please offer me options for problem-solving.
I need to know the detours when the road is blocked.
"Is it right? I need to know NOW!"
Please give me rich and immediate feedback on how Iím
"I didnít forget, I didnít Ďhearí it in the first place!"
Please give me directions one step at a time and ask me to
say back what I think you said.
"I didnít know I Wasnít in my seat!"
"Please remind me to STOP, THINK and ACT."
Am I almost done now?
Please give me short work periods with short-term goals.
Please donít say "Iíve already told you that".
Tell me again in different words.
Give me a signal. Draw me a symbol.
"I know, itís ALL wrong, isnít it?"
Please give me praise for partial success.
Reward me for self-improvement, not just for perfection.
"But why do I always get yelled at?"
Please catch me doing something right and praise me for my
specific positive behaviour.
Remind me (and yourself) about my good points, when Iím
having a bad day.
"I may be hard to live with, and have ADHD, but I still have
feelings and would have never chosen to behave like I do
(Reprinted from Newsletter of The Delaware Association For The Education of
Young Children, Winter 1993-94)
© 1991, Ruth Harris, Northwest Reading Clinic
An ADDittion written by our very own Ask the Expert Dr Billy Levin :-) :
There could be a medical addition:-
Please remind me to take my medication on time.
I know it is only a temporary artificial crutch until I mature
It only helps if the dose is optimal but fades in time
I need most help and understanding when the medication fades
It is never the "be all and end all" as I need help to improve
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