Behavior & Discipline

Behavior Strategies That Stick

The personalities – and behavior problems – of children with ADHD run the gamut. But these expert tips can help almost any parent discipline successfully.

Directions should be clear for students, like paper cutouts
Directions should be clear for students, like paper cutouts

Keep directions short and clear
Instead of “Get your things together,” try “Put your homework in your backpack and get your coat out of the closet.”

Put positives before negatives
Rather than “Don’t push,” opt for “Please keep your hands and feet to yourself.”

Make eye contact when you’re giving directions
After you’ve finished, ask your child to repeat what you’ve asked of him.

Give immediate feedback – on both good and bad behaviors
Don’t assume your child knows when she’s done right or wrong.

Set up routines
A child with ADHD desperately needs structure. But you don’t have to single him out in the family. Establish daily regimens that his siblings can follow as well.

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