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By Paul Moss
The following is a list of 18 behavioral techniques for ADHD and managing behavior problems for adhd children from a book by Dr. Domeena Renshaw entitled The Hyperactive Child.
1. Be consistent in rules and discipline. Make sure to establish a routine and always be firm and consistent in enforcing discipline, this will mean your child will respect boundaries.
2. Whilst you should keep your anger in check and not explode at your child for some infraction, you should realize that anger is normal and indeed healthy , do not feel guilty because you feel exasperated at your child.
3. Try to keep your emotions cool by bracing for expected turmoil. Recognize and respond to any positive behavior, however small. If you search for good things, you will find them.
4. Don’t take a pessimistic view, try and remain positive and optimistic at all times.
5. Make a distinction between your child’s behavior, and your child as a person. This will prevent anger and resentment from arising, when you appreciate that the conduct stems from the child’s ADHD and is not done to annoy you.
6. Make sure to establish and maintain a clearly set out routine, setting out times for different activities, follow it as closely as you can, and eventually your child will be able to determine a timetable and routine for themselves.
7. When introducing complex and or new ideas or material, make sure to repeat often and do not move on to a new topic until the current one has been firmly understood and finally grasped.
8. Set aside a room or part of a room as a play area and safety zone for the child and make sure this area is simple, uncluttered and entirely the child’s. Don’t have bright colours or lots of toys to distract the child.
9. Make sure to limit so far as possible any and all potential and actual distractions, do not have more than one thing that requires the child’s attention at any given time.
10. Make sure to give the child responsibility, and praise him when he acts on his own accord, and make sure to intervene if your child is straying off the main point.
11. Try and determine what are the signs that your child is becoming angry or excitable and stop the emotions from escalating. Let the child cool off, by distracting them perhaps taking them to your room.
12. If you are going to have friends over for your child make sure to limit the number, as the child is so excitable.
13. Maintain a healthy relationship with your child, try to remain patient but firm with your child, do not punish him for being inattentive nor coddle him.
14. Be aware of any changes that the medication has on your child, and if there is an escalation in such changes.
15. Discuss with your doctor usage and dosage of the medication.
16. Make sure to keep the medication in a safe location at all times.
17. Regardless of age, make sure to supervise the child taking their medication. Establishing a routine for medication will make the child more willing to take the medication as well as less likely to forget.
18. Make sure to share any tips and winning strategies with the child’s teacher.
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