Adhs: tips for forgetfulness, adhs children’s advice

Is your child often forgetful and has trouble remembering something? In everyday school life, forgetfulness can lead to problems. It is therefore important to show your child strategies that will help them remember things more easily.

checklists

Regardless of whether it’s packing school bags, doing homework or getting ready in the morning – something is always missing because your child has simply forgotten it? For such recurring tasks, checklists have proven very useful as practical tools against forgetfulness. They also help your child automate certain processes over time. The best thing to do is to create the list together with your child and look for a suitable place where they can be hung in a clearly visible place.

Source: Britta winter, Bettina Arasin. Occupational therapy in children with ADHD. 3rd Edition. 2013. Georg Thieme Verlag KG.

Ketchup trick

The more detailed you imagine an object, the more areas are active in the brain. This makes it easier to remember. The so-called is based on this principle "Ketchup trick". Practice playfully with your child to memorize things precisely and consciously use all the senses. Questions such as: What does it look like? How does it smell How does it feel in your hand? What can you do with it?

Source: Britta Winter, Bettina Arasin. Occupational therapy in children with ADHD. 3rd Edition. 2013. Georg Thieme Verlag KG.

Symbol Trick

If you want to remember an object (e.g. the math book), you can link it to a specific symbol (e.g. a fire engine). If you see this symbol again, you will be reminded of what you have remembered. This trick causes that yourself Child deals exactly with the memo object and can be used for every day-to-day activity: when dressing, packing school things or learning vocabulary.

Source: Britta Winter, Bettina Arasin. Occupational therapy in children with ADHD. 3rd Edition. 2013. Georg Thieme Verlag KG.

chain stories

Chain stories are a tried and tested strategy from memory training: if you have to remember a lot of things, it can help to come up with a story. The individual details that you want to keep in mind are built into the story. The crazier, more unusual and funnier this story is, the easier it is to remember it and the individual components. The memory works especially well when feelings (joy, curiosity, astonishment) are activated.

Trick Box

To support the child in anti-forgetfulness training, it can also be playful. The "I-pack-my suitcase game" is well suited, for example. Everyone who participates adds an item and you have to not yourself only notice more and more things, but also the correct order. Some adults quickly start to sweat.

A hidden object game can also help with memory training: hide things together and let the child look for them after a long break.

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