ADHD Experts Podcast Episode: 'Why Does He Do That?'
Dr. Russell Barkley on Understanding and Improving Your ADHD Child's Behavior
How does attention deficit disorder affect your child's behavior and development? Russell Barkley, Ph.D., explains, and offers insightful tips on providing structure, consequences, and rewards.
Dr. Barkley, one of the world’s leading authorities on ADHD, discusses why children with ADHD act the way they do, and how parents should approach discipline. “ADHD is really EFDD—Executive Function Deficit Disorder, or if you prefer, Self-Control Disorder,” he says. Yelling, telling a child to get with the program, giving an occasional pat on the head or squeeze on the shoulder—none of these are very effective with ADHD children. Here’s your chance to learn some techniques that will work.
In his ADHD Experts Podcast episode, Dr. Barkley answers questions including:
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- Imposing consequences hasn’t worked for my ADHD child. What strategies will work to change his behavior?
- My child can hold it together all day, but then will have meltdowns at home in the evenings. How do I handle an explosive child?
- My child seems to be “addicted” to television and video games. How should you manage screen time for children with attention deficit disorder?
On the nature of the underlying disorder – ADHD is more than just unruly or disruptive behavior.
"Many parents have come to understand that ADHD is more than just an attention disorder. In fact, the attention problems and the hyperactivity, as annoying as they can be, are superficial surface features of what is an underlying, more serious disorder in the child's development of self-control or self-regulation. So ADHD is a disorder of our ability to manage our own behavior, particularly with regard to later consequences."
On chronological age vs. developmental age/executive function abilities.
"On average, if you want to know where your child is functioning in their self-control and these executive abilities, take 30% off their age. That's where your child is and they’re not going to be beyond that at this particular time so you need to change the environment around them to fit with their executive age. So if you have a 10-year-old, they have the self-control and the time management of a seven-year-old."
On the importance of immediate consequences and rewards.
"The time to respond to child’s misbehavior is within 10 to 15 seconds of the start of the misbehavior. If you’re letting it go beyond that, again, you’re part of the problem here, not the child. So if a child starts to misbehave, you need to be very quick. Understand that swift justice is what you’re all about here. So if you’re child starts to behave well, you need to be providing frequent rewards for them."
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