Attention Deficit Disorder & Life Skills: How & Why to Help People With ADHD Learn to Plan for the Future by Brian King
Many with attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) have difficulty thinking about the future – their sense of time experienced in terms of "now and not now." This makes them more likely to give in to impulse. It's important to learn to plan:
- Plan a meal.
- Plan a trip to the store.
- Plan your day.
Then you can start thinking about planning your week and so on. Planning for something where the reward requires some waiting has many benefits:
- It teaches delayed gratification.
- It fosters the value of the journey toward the goal.
- It teaches the ability to create and work a plan toward a goal.
- It teaches that you do have a say in the direction of your life and are not at the whim of whatever happens.
Planning in simple ways lays the foundation for longer-term planning. Questions?