If you suspect ADD in your
Give your child one thing to
do and have him/her report back to you when the task is completed. For
example, ask the child to take clothes out of the laundry basket and put them
in the washer.
If your child accomplishes
this task, try to make it more complicated by adding a second or third step to
it. Help the child organize by printing out on separate cards or making a
simple list of two or three steps that the child needs to follow, with the
final step reporting back to you. The child can carry the cards or list with
him or her.
Next, review each task on the
cards or list and determine if it was completed.
Observe what happened. If the
tasks were not completed, what specifically took place? Did the child go off
and chase the cat or start playing in the middle of the list? The results of
this exercise can help a mental health practitioner determine if ADD or
another learning disorder is present.