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Are you working with a child who has ADHD? Maybe you’d like some additional support with that!

Below are some tips and tricks for mentoring kids with ADHD that you may find helpful. The first thing is that kids with ADHD benefit from structure.  While I know you said you don’t want to be a parent there are a lot of ways you can provide structure while still being in that friend/mentor role

Ask your student to make a list of their favorite activities, then choose a structured activity that won’t let him wander away easily and get distracted.  Keep the outing relatively short, but plan to be busy during the outing to keep their attention. When you pick your mentee up explain the rules, and the outcome. “Today we are going to (insert activity).  We will drop you off by 7pm.  In order for you to be safe, you have to stay where I can see you. If you want to look at something along the way, ask me first, so I can go with you. If you don’t stay close, we will go do something else and try again next time.” It’s important to note the consistency of rules that you, as the mentor, set.  They don’t have to be big rules, but consistent ones all the same such as: you always have to tell me where you go first, you always have to buckle your seat-belt, don’t have your phone out when we’re together, and Wednesdays are usually going to be the day we meet. It’s important that your mentee has some of that consistency so they know what to expect, and it’ll help with the ADHD.

It also may be beneficial to know the symptoms of ADHD that the child you’re working with may be experiencing.

  • Poor attention span
  • Impulsivity and age inappropriate focus
  • Immaturity
  • Disorganization
  • Poor sense of time
  • Difficulty with fine motor skills.

It’s important to note that your student might not experience all (or any) of those symptoms, those are just common. We recommend talking with the parent of your student in order to better understand how the ADHD affects the student.