Avoid Holiday Havoc

At Christmas time, routine and structure go out the window. Children with ADD might have to endure traveling for long periods, sitting at the dinner table all evening, or sharing toys with other youngsters.

How to plan for these holiday side effects?

* Include/Exclude: Too many events can overstimulate. Use a priority chart to decide which occasions are most important--and which can be left behind.

* Teach Self-Control: Relaxation techniques (yoga, deep breathing) can help him stay calm in a highly charged atmosphere.

* Rehearse: Role-play a scenario that has given her trouble in the past. Solutions include going to a quiet room to regroup, or responding to rude relatives by smiling and excusing herself.