Contributed by: Terry Matlen, ACSW
There are many studies that show
difficulties children with ADHD - and their parents- face at
bedtime. Typically, the child's ADHD medication has worn off,
causing his symptoms to reappear, often with a vengeance. As he
becomes more hyperactive and impulsive, his body needs just the
What is a parent to do?
10 Tips for Getting Your Child to Bed
- Insist that all electronics and other stimulating toys and
activities stop one hour before bedtime.
- Have a schedule and stick to it with rare exceptions. Post the
schedule (in more than one place). For younger children, use
diagrams or pictures from magazines.
- Clearly state each step of the bedtime routine:
- What time the child must stop playing
- Any chores needed to be done (i.e. putting toys away)
- Snack time, if needed
- Wash up, brush teeth, shower
- Change into pajamas
- Lights out
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