Quick TipThere are Only 5 Motivators for People with ADHD

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Finding motivation for anything and everything that “needs to get done” is critical for people with ADHD. It’s not just something nice. Without motivation, the AD D brain lacks the “just get it done” button required to activate and complete a task.

There are five things that motivate the ADHD brain(though NOT everyone with ADHD is motivated by all of them): 

  • Novelty
  • Competition
  • Urgency
  • Interest
  • Play(Humor)

When you identify ways to motivate your kids, it really works. For example, we had one family whose entire routine changed when they started waking up their 3rd grade son with tickling. It wouldn’t work for all kids, but this kid NEEDED the FUN (humor), the arousal energy (urgency), and the connection with his dad (interest) in the morning. 

So, accept that they need motivation to take action. Learn spelling words or math facts while bouncing a basketball; set a timer to see how many spelling words a kid can write before the timer goes off; put a gummy bear at the end of each page of a text book (my teenagers prefer it at the end of each paragraph). Make a game out of … ANYthing! Sometimes, you might even let them do something fun BEFORE the homework, like read the comics and then get started. If it helps them get started, you’ll find it might even motivate you!

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