Helping ADHD Kids Who Hit

9 ways to help children with ADD rein in aggression and keep their hands to themselves.

Acknowledge Good and Bad Behavior

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Reward good behavior. Praising your ADHD child for not hitting makes sense, of course, but specific rewards are extra incentives. Come up with rewards your child can claim for good behavior. It might be a toy, or being the one to pick out a movie on Friday night, or “special time” when the parent is “all hers.”

Impose consequences. Let your child know the specific consequences she will face the next time she resorts to physical aggression. Depending upon your child’s age, the consequences might include a time-out, writing a letter of apology, losing a special privilege, and so on.

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This article comes from the Winter 2009 issue of ADDitude.

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