Self Esteem

8 Confidence Builders for Kids with ADHD

Everyone learns differently — especially children with ADHD. Helping your child find out where she excels can give her self-confidence and a positive outlook on the future.

Confidence Builders help your child venture down the road
Confidence Builders help your child venture down the road

How is your child smart? The answers to that question are your best guide to finding activities that play to your child’s strengths. When a child feels confident, he does better at school and in life. Use “Multiple Intelligences” as your guide; log on to literacynet.org to have your child take a quiz. Use the results to explore activities. If he is…

MUSIC SMART: taking music lessons, singing in a choir, joining a marching band, or playing in a neighborhood band. Local music shops often give lessons and host fun events.

PEOPLE SMART: volunteering, peer-counseling training, school improvement/student leadership groups, or babysitting.

SELF SMART: writing workshops, poetry groups, Bible studies, drama classes, starting a small business.

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WORD SMART: learning a foreign language, joining a debate club (or debating at home) or a book and/or writers’ club.

LOGIC SMART: classes, clubs, or competitions in robotics, computer programming, chess, and/or student business/marketing associations.

NATURE SMART: joining a conservation group, a hiking club, or volunteering at your local animal shelter.

PICTURE SMART: joining an art club, taking photography or painting lessons, making a film and posting it to YouTube (with your permission).

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BODY SMART: playing organized sports/games, taking fitness, nutrition, or cooking classes.

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