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Parenting Tips for ADHD: Do’s and Don’ts

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Raising a child with ADHD isn’t like traditional childrearing.

Normal rule-making and household routines can become almost impossible, depending on the type and severity of your child’s symptoms, so you’ll need to adopt different approaches.

It can become frustrating to cope with some of the behaviors which result from your child’s ADHD, but there are ways to make life easier.

Parents must accept the fact that children with ADHD have functionally different brains from those of other children.

While children with ADHD can still learn what is acceptable and what isn’t, their disorder does make them more prone to impulsive behavior.

Fostering the development of a child with ADHD means that you will have to modify your behavior and learn to manage the behavior of your child.

Medication may be the first step in your child’s treatment. Behavioral techniques for managing a child’s ADHD symptoms must always be in place.

By following these guidelines, you can limit destructive behavior and help your child overcome self-doubt.

Principles of behavior management therapy

There are two basic principles of behavior management therapy. The first is encouraging and rewarding good behavior (positive reinforcement).

The second is removing rewards by following bad behavior with appropriate consequences, leading to the extinguishing of bad behavior (punishment, in behaviorist terms).

You teach your child to understand that actions have consequences by establishing rules and clear outcomes for following or disobeying these rules.

These principles must be followed in every area of a child’s life. That means at home, in the classroom, and in the social arena.

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