OCD Hacks for Parents

10 Hacks for Home

  • Seek professional help first
  • Maintain a structured routine to help reduce stress; stress can trigger OCD
  • Keep kiddos hydrated and engage them in regular physical activity
  • Teach your child to practice grace with themselves and others 
  • Provide them a safe space in the home that they can control – If space is at a premium, get creative, a tent on the bed or a closet will do 
  • Teach them to take time out to breathe deeply – 5 seconds in – 5 seconds hold – 5 seconds out
  • Give your child time – be available to listen – consistently praise and reassure them
  • Remember trigger avoidance is not a cure, it is a temporary fix, don’t stop there
  • Be the Leader – don’t let OCD lead (participating in rituals with your child) – instead study OCD and lead your child to help
  • Forceful parents find fault – Powerful parents see possibility – Choose Power

10 Hacks for School

  • Plan to meet with your child’s teacher or caregiver prior to enrollment to open the door to collaboration
  • Ask for a 504 plan immediately to insure appropriate accommodations for your child
  • Encourage your child to ask for help and share triggers with educators 
  • Suggest your child ask a teacher to have lunch in their classroom to avoid a crowd
  • Advocate for seating in the front of the classroom (sometimes trigger avoidance is as easy as “Out of sight, out of mind”)
  • Create a Go To plan for managing triggers and stressors at school
  • Make sure you get your child to school one time and encourage them to follow the school schedule
  • Identify a specific support person at school who your child can notify when OCD symptoms manifest
  • Document difficult days to assist with identifying all triggers
  • Plan 10 minutes in every school day for a recap of school events and listen carefully