The Secret Weapon for Better Classroom Behavior

Kids with ADHD don't tolerate ambiguity. They need clear expectations, plus consistent rewards and consequences to keep them moving in the right direction. This is exactly what a Daily Report Card provides, when used correctly at school and at home. Learn how here.

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Step 3: Tweak the Targets

As your child responds to the program, he should be able to meet behavior targets more consistently. When that happens, raise the bar. Instead of requiring him to follow class rules with three or fewer violations, for example, make it two or fewer violations.

Eventually, the behavior will become second nature to him, and it can be dropped from the DRC. If he regularly fails to meet a goal, you'll need to make the criterion easier.

Be generous with your praise for good days and good efforts, and offer encouragement when targets are missed. And, since ADDers are known for losing things, help your child find a way to remember to bring the DRC home. A large note posted inside her locker might do the trick.

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