How to Manage My Child’s ADHD Without Medication

Updated October 7, 2019

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Between dance classes and soccer practice, homework and play dates, being a parent can be…challenging. And if your child has ADHD, there can be some added stress to an already hectic day-to-day routine.

On top of everything else, it can sometimes feel like you two are speaking different languages. The good news is there are still ways to help get you back on the same frequency.

Here are some tips to help manage your child’s ADHD without medication.

  1. Establish structure (and stick to it) 

    Children with ADHD tend to do well with structure and routine. You can help them stay focused and organized by coming up with mini rituals for daily activities.

    Try picking out clothes the night before and having school supplies gathered in a specific spot. This can help cut down on stress in the morning.

    Leading by example is also important. Try your best to stay organized around the house to help your child learn that everything has a place.

  2. Set clear expectations and rules

    Kids with ADHD respond well to clearly defined (and consistent) systems of rewards and consequences. A way to help everyone stay accountable is to make a list of rules, rewards, and consequences. Then hang it somewhere for the whole family to see.

    Praise can oftentimes go overlooked, too. Your child is probably used to being told to change their behavior (from teachers, coaches, as well as at home). It’s important to acknowledge when they’re doing something right.

  3. Get them moving

    Pysical activities can be especially effective for kids with ADHD. Organized activities like sports, dance, and yoga encourage kids to focus their movements. This can help improve their ability to focus. Better concentration can decrease anxiety and depression, too.

    Sports are also a great way to burn off some excess energy, which can help your child’s sleep improve. Keep in mind that some sports are better for ADHD than others. If the activity has a lot of idle time (like waiting to take turns), it might be less effective than an activity with constant motion.

    Related: Are Video Games Actually Bad for You?

  4. Help your child eat right

    Regular, nutritious meals are beneficial for everyone, but kids with ADHD tend to struggle when it comes to mealtime. Without structure, they’ll often be too distracted by other things to remember to eat. Then when they finally do eat, they’re more likely to binge on whatever is around.

    While diet doesn’t cause ADHD, nutrition can affect mood and mental state in general. So it’s important to set specific times to eat, in addition to making sure those meals and snacks are nutritious.

    Related: Foods & Natural Supplements That Can Help Anxiety

  5. Take care of yourself

    Getting stressed out from time to time is just part of the territory when it comes to parenting. But when you’re calm and focused, you’re more likely to cut through the distractions your child is dealing with.

    It’s important that you figure out ways to manage your stress. Find something you love and make it a priority in your routine. Whether that be an evening bubble bath or morning workout, regularly treat yourself to something just for you.

In addition to these at-home tips, Neurocore offers a med-free Child ADHD treatment at all of our centers that could help your child overcome some of those challenges that come with ADHD or other mental health related challenges. Or learn more about our at-home neurofeedback program by giving us a call at 800.600.4096 to learn more.

Smith, Melinda M.A., Segal, Jeanne Ph.D. (2017, April). ADHD Parenting Tips. Retrieved from
8 replies
  1. me
    me says:

    idk i have adhd and i just found out but i always felt that i was normal but now figuring this out i wonder how it would feel to actually be normal

    • Neurocore Brain Performance Centers
      Neurocore Brain Performance Centers says:

      Adults with ADHD often feel the same as you! Everyone is used to their own “normal.” If you’d like to come in for an assessment and brain map, just give us a call at 800.600.4096!

  2. chandler evans
    chandler evans says:

    Hi, im in need of help or advice of some kind i have recently lost my kids to the state and i more than anything want my 6 yr old son to get help with his adhd but the only option it seems to be is putting him on a pill my entire life has been nothing but addicts and drugs and kids searching for something to help cope once the meds are gone i know there is a natural way to help my son i just cant seem to find it or word it correctly or im doing something wrong and the judge is allowing the medication without any other options looked at first his appointment is the 28th of this month with the med dr !! i dont want my baby on pills i know something natural something not drug induced is out there please help

    • Neurocore Brain Performance Centers
      Neurocore Brain Performance Centers says:

      So sorry to hear you’re going through a tough time, Chandler. Keep in mind that our program is med-free and we’ve had great results with child ADHD. Feel free to give us a call at 800.600.4096 if you’d like to learn more!


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