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      lois.varga
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      My eleven year old son was recently diagnosed with ADHD. He is erratic, hostile and doesn’t respond to consistent parenting that should inspire better behavior. I’ve been reading about ADHD and trying to come up with some next steps to change the atmosphere in our home, but so far no others at all. How do I start to make headway on getting him to settle down and behave better?

    • #89397
      lois.varga
      Participant

      That should say no progress so far…

    • #89405
      Penny Williams
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      Traditional parenting doesn’t work well for kids with ADHD. Instead, focus on really getting to know strengths and weaknesses, accepting them, and using that information to move forward.

      His biology/physiology makes him hyper and erratic. Medication and ADHD treatment can help a great deal. But positive parenting and addressing the reasons behind behavior will be most successful.

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      Penny
      ADDitude Community Moderator, Parenting ADHD Trainer & Author, Mom to teen w/ ADHD, LDs, and autism

    • #90395
      sshackladywhite
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      Has he been determined eligible for special education services or a 504 service agreement at school? if so, use the evaluation report to seek outside agency help or “wrap around” supports. The school may be bale to offer ideas especially since they see him in a different context. The school psychologist and/or school counselors may be bale to help with ideas too. They may even have a behavior specialist you could have a meeting with along with the school team. It takes a village to help our children- seek the school out and/or any community resources in your area like behavioral health or a pirate psych with specialty in ADHD.
      Do you have a local chapter of CHADD you could reach out to for some guidance in your area?

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