ADHD, Attention-Deficit / Hyperactivity Disorder, is one of the most common neurodevelopmental disorders of childhood. Children with ADHD may have trouble paying attention. This can make certain activities, like reading, difficult for them.

Keeping in mind that all children are different, there are countless resources and tips available to those looking to promote reading to children with ADHD.

A few of the top tips include:

  1. Find a Quiet Spot to Read – As it can be difficult for children with ADHD to pay attention for long periods of time, it is important to find a quiet spot to read. This helps to eliminate many elements that can provide a distraction. Pick a spot that is free of TV, radio, video games, etc.
  1. Read in Short Bursts – Work with your child’s attention span. Read together for short periods of time, like 10-minute increments. Put the book away if your child loses interest, and allow them playtime to help release energy. Pick the book back up at a later time to read for another short period. It can help to make this part of the daily routine as well.
  1. Engage the Imagination – When your child is reading, encourage them to visualize the story in their mind. After every few pages ask them to describe the pictures they have created with their imagination. Also, ask your child for predictions. Question them about what they think will happen next in the story. By engaging children about the book, you can help peak their interest in keep their attention.
  1. Encourage Note Taking – Part of what makes reading difficult for children with ADHD is that they have a hard time comprehending the material due to having a shorter attention span. By encouraging note taking, it helps drive the reader to make sense of the contents they are reading. Notepad, index cards, visual charts – whatever works best for them.

If your child has a learning difference that makes reading difficult for them, we encourage you to seek out additional tips and resources. Every child learns differently. It is important to find the method that works best for your child as an individual to show them just how wonderful reading can be.


Resources used/Resources for additional tips:

ADDitude Magazine

Reading Rockets


Alternatives to Adderall

Moms Loves Best (with a GREAT infographic!)

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