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The Importance Of Setting Goals With ADHD

Introduction

According to adhdandyou.com, “The ADHD goal-setting process goes beyond the simple desire of “improving symptoms” and establishes observable and measurable objectives that are meaningful for the individual. For example, to achieve the desire of “being less forgetful,” an appropriate goal would be to “remember all necessary items (eg, backpack, jacket, lunch) when leaving the house for school/work every morning for 1 week.” Also, the target outcomes may change with the progression of ADHD over time.”  Therefore, the question remains how do you establish observable and measurable objectives that are meaningful for the individual.  To explain further, you establish SMART goals.  This article will describe what a SMART goal is.  In addition, this article will also explain why SMART goals are essential for individuals with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder.

What Is A SMART Goal?

According to adhdandyou.com, the following can be stated about SMART goals:

When formulating target goals, the involved parties should endeavor to set goals that are Specific, Measurable, Attainable, Realistic, and Timely:

  • Specific: Develop specific goals that are clearly stated and/or written.
  • Measurable: A goal is measurable if one can clearly determine whether progress is being made toward reaching the goal.
  • Attainable: Patients and/or their parents and caregivers should all agree that the goal is worthy of pursuing.
  • Realistic: Ensure that the goals are attainable.
  • Timely: A timely goal is one that can be achieved in a period that is meaningful and not too far in the future.

Why Are SMART Goals Essential For Individuals With Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder?

According to www.njea.org, the following can be stated about using SMART goals for children with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder:

Remember, students with ADHD either lose sight of the goal (they fail to focus and sustain), or they’re not sure what the goal is (they have difficulty selecting the most important versus the most interesting information). These behaviors are not a matter of choice but rather an outcome of the neurological underpinnings of ADHD. Most students with ADHD don’t require different teachers. They require cool, calm, “recalculating” teachers who use effective and hands-on approaches.

To be specific, individuals with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder have a tendency to be disorganized and distracted easily.  This causes them to lose sight of the goal.  Therefore, SMART goals are essential for children with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder.

Conclusion

This article has provided readers with a definition and the basics of SMART goals, as well as describing why SMART goals are essential for children with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder.

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The Importance Of Setting Goals With ADHD

Lauren Walters

My name is Lauren Walters. I am currently heading into my final semester of graduate school for Mental Health Counseling in the Spring of 2016. Through my own experiences with mental illness, I love to inspire others through my writings and reassure them that they can live healthy, productive lives, despite mental illness. I hope you enjoy my articles. Feel free to comment. I will be sure to respond to you questions and/or comments in a prompt manner. Enjoy!


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APA Reference
Walters, L. (2016). The Importance Of Setting Goals With ADHD. Psych Central. Retrieved on May 21, 2019, from https://blogs.psychcentral.com/living-with-adhd/2016/11/the-importance-of-setting-goals-with-adhd/

 

Last updated: 3 Nov 2016
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