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Parents of ADHD Preteens

TIME...concept of elapsed time

Hello everyone,
My 12 year daughter has absolutely no concept of time passed.  We have used times, clocks, alarms.  She just doesn’t get it. 

Any suggestions?

Jodie twin


Hi Jodie:

Time is impossible to ‘see,’ and so easy to ignore. We hear this a lot from parents and from ADD adults. But we’ve also heard good things from our readers about Time Timer, which is a very visual reminder of the passing time:

On Task on Time is a similarly visual tool that can be programmed to show the amount of time common tasks should take—with movement showing progress:

I’d also recommend this article for information about helping an ADHD child understand sequence, routines and prioritization:

I hope this helps!

Posted by Anni Rodgers on Jun 20, 2014 at 6:58pm

Hi Jodie!

Your post reminded me of a recent webinar on on Time Blindness. Ari Tuckman shared many great strategies for time management when you have ADHD. You can listen to the archive here:

Also, this article on working with kids with ADHD to learn time management mentions a tip Ari Tuckman also suggests that I found very interesting: using analog clocks, so they can actually see the passage of time.

I also really like the Time Timer because of its visual nature. Here’s a parent review of the Time Timer as well:

ADDconnect Moderator, Author & Mom to Tween Boy with ADHD and LDs

Posted by adhdmomma on Jun 20, 2014 at 7:02pm

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