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Does it help to get frustrated with a child with ADHD?

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If you get frustrated when your child doesn't follow through, remember that it's not her fault. It's just how her brain works.

Having ADHD is hard for her, too. She probably gets called out by teachers, peers, and maybe even you many times a day.

Don't dwell on her mistakes. Instead, focus on her strengths and play up her successes.

SOURCES:

Stephen Brock, PhD, NCSP, school psychologist; school psychology program coordinator, California State University, Sacramento; president-elect, National Association of School Psychologists; author, , Springer, 2009. Identifying, Assessing, and Treating ADHD at School

Jeremy Didier, group coordinator, ADHDKC, Overland Park, Kan.; mother, 9-year-old son with ADHD.

Jennifer Helm, coordinator, San Dimas/La Verne Satellite of CHADD; mother, two children with ADHD, La Verne, CA.

Massachusetts General Hospital School Psychiatry Program and Madi Resource Center: "Attention Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD)."

Richard Lougy, LMFT, school psychologist, Sacramento, Calif.; co-author, , Corwin, 2009. The School Counselor's Guide to ADHD: What to Know and Do to Help Your Students

Kristine J. Melloy, PhD, past president, Council for Children with Behavior Disorders; instructional coach, St. Paul Public Schools, St. Paul, MN.

Ratey, N.A. , St. Martin's, 2008. The Disorganized Mind

Richard Root, EdD, Twin State Psychological Services, VT and N.H.

Reviewed by Smitha Bhandari on July 11, 2017

SOURCES:

Stephen Brock, PhD, NCSP, school psychologist; school psychology program coordinator, California State University, Sacramento; president-elect, National Association of School Psychologists; author, , Springer, 2009. Identifying, Assessing, and Treating ADHD at School

Jeremy Didier, group coordinator, ADHDKC, Overland Park, Kan.; mother, 9-year-old son with ADHD.

Jennifer Helm, coordinator, San Dimas/La Verne Satellite of CHADD; mother, two children with ADHD, La Verne, CA.

Massachusetts General Hospital School Psychiatry Program and Madi Resource Center: "Attention Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD)."

Richard Lougy, LMFT, school psychologist, Sacramento, Calif.; co-author, , Corwin, 2009. The School Counselor's Guide to ADHD: What to Know and Do to Help Your Students

Kristine J. Melloy, PhD, past president, Council for Children with Behavior Disorders; instructional coach, St. Paul Public Schools, St. Paul, MN.

Ratey, N.A. , St. Martin's, 2008. The Disorganized Mind

Richard Root, EdD, Twin State Psychological Services, VT and N.H.

Reviewed by Smitha Bhandari on July 11, 2017

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