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How should I make my 3  1/2years old boy who is hyperactive listen to instructions the 1st time and also help him with his writing.

In Topics: ADHD & attention issues
> 60 days ago

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Wayne Yankus
Apr 4, 2009
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What the Expert Says:

Speak clearly and with dual eye contact i.e. make sure he is looking at your face. Stop all activity around (no multitasking).  Give clear, short instructions and follow with a complement or kindness if it succeeds. For writing at 3.5 years old, I would work with him in very short purposeful sessions again with lots of praise for good work.
He is 3.5 years old--don't expect too much.  It takes time, but you have started by wanting to try. Good luck.

Wayne Yankus, MD, FAAP
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