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Listen to “The Best Kind of Discipline: Behavioral Parent Training for Children with ADHD” with Carla Counts Allan, Ph.D.

You are at your wit’s end — exhausted by your child’s disruptive and wholly frustrating daily behaviors. Tried-and-true parenting advice doesn’t work — but this will. Learn the basics of behavioral parent training (BPT) from Carla Counts Allan, Ph.D.

Upset problem child with head in hands sitting on staircase concept
Upset problem child with head in hands sitting on staircase concept

Listen to “The Best Kind of Discipline: Behavioral Parent Training for Children with ADHD” with Carla Counts Allan, Ph.D.

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You are at your wit’s end — exhausted by your child’s disruptive and inappropriate and wholly frustrating daily behaviors. Tried-and-true parenting advice doesn’t work, and neither do strangers’ disapproving looks. What actually works for families living with ADHD-related challenges?  Behavioral parent training (BPT), a well-studied and well-established first-line treatment plan for children with attention deficit disorder (ADHD or ADD) with results to match its expert pedigree.

Behavior therapy operates on a simple set of rules: Parents and other adults in a child’s life set clear behavior expectations. They praise and reward their child’s positive behavior — and discourage negative behavior through fair, immediate, and consistent consequences. In return, they get long-term improvements in their child’s behavior, communication, and problem-solving skills.

The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends that doctors prescribe behavior therapy before medicine for preschoolers with ADHD. For older children, the AAP recommends using BPT alongside stimulant medication for the best results. The good news is that parents can begin honing their BPT skills at any time; it can effectively improve behavior through the teen years, and many ADDitude readers swear that it does.

In this episode, learn:

  • How behavior parent training works to solve persistent challenges
  • What changes parents can expect to see in their children
  • How to tell if your child’s behaviors are getting better (or worse)
  • How and when to consider adding additional treatments, such as medication
  • When to talk with your child’s doctor about starting a BPT program
  • The many types of BPT programs and which might be best for your child

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Listener testimonials:

  • “I appreciate how positive, empathetic and reassuring the presenter was.”
  • “The speaker was knowledgeable and presented information in an effective manner. Also, the information she shared can be implemented immediately.”
  • “Thanks for giving examples of wording to use when speaking with your child.  It helps to drive home your point.”
  • “Wonderful lecture. Lots of helpful information. Definitely answered a lot of specific questions/pressing issues I’m dealing with at the moment. Thank you for the website suggestions as well!”

Listen in and tell us what you think in the comments. If you’re interested in advertising in ADDitude’s ADHD Experts podcast, write to us at anne@newhopemedia.com.

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Note on audio quality: This podcast is a recording of a webinar series, and the audio has been captured from telephone conversations, not recorded in a studio. Register to participate in the live webinars at: www.additude.com/webinars/


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Updated on October 29, 2019

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