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Parents of ADHD Children

Task chart

My daughter is 7 and has ADHD. Does anyone have charts that I can create? I am having a hard time with her getting things done at home. It is always a battle and I am lost. I also have a 19year old boy who was recently diagnosed at it is hard for me to also stay on top of him all the time. What are some tips? or ideas?


Hello… I feel your frustration! We have been using 2 new charts and they both are working very well. (Though it has taken many many different charts to find one that works for us). The first one is a task chart that I just made myself and got it laminated (make bed, get dressed, eat, wash face…..). It works like this… If they do the task without bring asked they write 5 points, if I have to ask them twice they get 3 points, if I have to ask them more than that they don’t get any points. ... Once everything is done they add up their points, and that’s how many minutes they get to use for x-box. (Can earn up to 45 minutes in a day). It sounds kind of confusing… But after a few days they got the hang of it). I wipe it clean at the of day and its all ready for the next day.      The other is a large magnetic board with our schedule for the week…. This has been really great for them to see what has to be done… And things can be moved around (if a surprise play date comes up they move their “homework” strip to later in the day)... This has really helped with time management as the magnetic strips are different sizes (half hour, hour, 2hours, etc).  (My-time kids planner).  If you want, I would be happy to send a pic if you want to see what they look like… Just send an email… .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)    Good luck!

Posted by KellyL on Jan 11, 2014 at 4:52am

Thank you those are great ideas.

Posted by Jess&Aryanna; on Jan 11, 2014 at 7:31am

Great ideas KellyL. Thank you for sharing !!

Posted by staypositive on Jan 11, 2014 at 6:23pm

I’ve tried a lot of different things and they don’t last for long. I like this idea alot, especially earning minutes for video games time.

Posted by Suzibell on Jan 11, 2014 at 9:04pm

Suspend your expectations and get used to saying (and doing together) “Let’s go clean your room for ten minutes”  Limit time you expect them to pay attention and limit choices so that they can be made faster.

A chart is great, however you WILL have to personally walk her to the chart and show her what is the next thing to do - for years yet.  She is only 7 and so you have a couple years of doing for her.

That said ANYTHING she is capable and willing to do on her own, even if you don’t like the way she does it, let her!  OK so you have to go back and reclean the mirror in the bathroom, better to get her in the habit of just doing it even though its not perfect.  Habits are the saving grace of children (and adults!) with ADHD but you have to instill them in her, she won’t do them on her own.

Posted by YellaRyan on Jan 11, 2014 at 11:12pm

Kelly that’s a neat idea. I will have to keep that in mind.

My take on this - I have done many charts. My problem is if it is at all complicated, we don’t keep it up. All those points and documenting isn’t sustainable for us! So, I keep it as simple as possible. Sugar is my best motivator. (Ha) so in our house sugar is a reward, only. I give dessert if my son does what he is supposed to do - homework, good behavior. No homework, bad behavior, no dessert. (And I am lax about bad and good behavior, I give him lots of chances and the ability to correct himself/apologize).

Having said that, at school he has a detailed behavior chart and it DOES work.

Posted by nycmom on Jan 12, 2014 at 11:04pm

Like others have said, we have tried many charts and behavior modification systems to no avail. I did purchase the “My Growing Up Chart” from the Victoria Chart Company to work on a few behavior goals a year ago and he did well with that one. Token systems were all too complex and not portable and we could never stick with them long enough.

I discovered this DIY chart on Pinterest and finally made one for my son last week: Despite being 11, he was very excited about the new tool. He even asked me to make one for morning routine and bedtime routine and I plan to do that as soon as I have time.

Keep it simple, visual, and limited and you should find some success.

ADDconnect Moderator & Mom to Tween Boy with ADHD and LDs

Posted by adhdmomma on Jan 13, 2014 at 8:15pm

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