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Behavioral Techniques for Children With ADHD

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Teens

If your teen has ADHD:

Involve them. As your child matures, you should involve them in setting expectations, rewards, and consequences. This empowers them, which may improve their self-esteem and reinforce the concept that they are in charge of their own behavior. This will also help them to gain independence as they move towards young adulthood.

Discipline in private. Teenagers are often very sensitive of how they appear to others and may overreact or feel ashamed when they are disciplined in front of others. The teen years can be tough enough without ADHD, so be gentle and understanding. Talk with them about any issues they're having.

Keep communicating with your teen's teachers. Together, you can deal with any behavior patterns before they become a major problem.

Be predictable. Continue to be consistent and fair in your own behavior. That way, your teen knows what to expect from you.

Set a good example . Teens don't always show it, but the adults in their lives are very important.

If you find yourself becoming overwhelmed by the situation, speak to a professional. It's only natural that you have needs and questions in this process, so seek help when needed.

WebMD Medical Reference

Reviewed by Smitha Bhandari, MD on October 09, 2014
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