What is the theory behind this ADHD Problem Solving Worksheet?
Problem solving skills are a part of executive functions of our brain. A common symptom of ADHD is executive dysfunction which means children have a hard time dealing with these complex functions. They need to be taught these crucial life skills to enable them to adjust with their condition just as well as their peers.
How will the worksheet help?
The worksheet uses the ‘brainstorm’ method to develop problem solving skills in children with ADHD. It allows them to think of possible solutions instead of getting stuck with the first solution that comes to their mind whether it is helpful or not.
How to use the worksheet?
Write down the problem in the brainstorm cloud in the middle. Then discuss with the child and write down all the possible solutions they can think of. Guide them if needed. Once all the options have been listed, ask them to choose one based on what they think would be the most helpful one. For practice hypothetical situations can be used before moving on to real problems.
ADHD Problem Solving Worksheet
Write down the problem in the middle. Brainstorm as many solutions as you can. Then choose the best one!
Lambek, R., Tannock, R., Dalsgaard, S., Trillingsgaard, A., Damm, D., & Thomsen, P. H. (2011). Executive dysfunction in school-age children with ADHD. Journal of attention disorders, 15(8), 646–655. https://doi.org/10.1177/1087054710370935
You can download this worksheet here.