ADHD School Strategies

I got this in the mail from Shire. Russell Barkley, PhD is the author.
1)Work closely with your child's teachers: children with ADHD have difficulty obeying two different sets of rules, so it's important for parents and teachers to agree on the same rules and the same management system.
2)Identify your child's strengths: you can help your child build on those strengths and develop the confidence to tackle whatever it is that he or she finds difficult.
3)Keep track of tasks with a list: have children check off tasks as they complete them. Why? Not only does this help children complete their chores, but it can also serve as a reward for a job well done.
4)Use time-outs: time-outs help children calm down. Younger children may need to be told to take a time-out but older children should learn to sense when they need to calm down and do so on their own.
5)Set up a study area: find an area where your child feels comfortable studying and set a specific time each day for the child to do homework. Make sure the designated homework spot is far enough away from any potential distractions. Do not allow your child to do homework near a television set or radio.
6)Relax! : take it slow, one day at a time. Things will not change overnight. Don't feel stressed or blame yourself for your child's problems. With time, things will improve.
7)Seek professional help if you need it: there is nothing wrong with a little guidance from those who have experience with ADHD. Talk to your physician or a school counselor. Remember that you are not alone.

Also, Dr. Barkley listed 10 Rules to Live By:
1)When you make rules, make them very specific and post them in writing.
2)Use rewards that are powerful and meaningful to the child.
3)Give feedback often, to let your children know how they are doing.
4)Help your children anticipate and plan for what's coming up.
5)Expect that children will have good days and bad days.
6)Use positives and praise more than negatives and punishment.
7)Keep in mind that you are dealing with a biological problem, not a character defect!
8)Don't talk too much; respond with behavior.
9)Maintain a sense of humor and be patient!
10)Forgive your child and yourself. You're all in it together and trying your best!