Helping ADHD Kids Who Hit

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


Filed Under: ADHD and Anger, ADHD and Discipline, ADHD Kids Making Friends,
ADD/ADHD violent behavior such as hitting. ADDitude Magazine

Is your ADHD child a hitter? Does he shove people or throw things at them? Does she ignore warnings to “keep your hands to yourself”? Well, take heart. It may take a while, but aggressive, attention deficit kids can learn to control their impulses. Here's how you can help:

Define the problem. Each time your child gets physically aggressive, let him know exactly what he did wrong. Tell him what to do the next time a similar situation arises. “Use your words when angry” works better than “Don’t hit.”

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This article comes from the Winter 2009 issue of ADDitude.

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