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What are some techniques of ADHD behavioral therapy?

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Specific behavioral therapy techniques include: 

  • Positive reinforcement: Reward your child for good behavior. 
  • Token economy: This combines rewards and consequences. For instance, giving out star stickers for good behavior.  
  • Response cost: Unwanted behavior leads to a loss of privileges or rewards. Example: If you don’t do your homework, you lose your computer time.  
  • Time out: This is often used with preschooolers. Example: If you hit your sister, you must sit quietly alone for a few minutes.   

SOURCES:

CDC: "Attention-Deficit / Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD)," “My Child Has Been Diagnosed with ADHD - Now What?”

Healthy Children: “Behavior Therapy for Children with ADHD.”

U.S. Department of Education: “Teaching Children With Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder: Instructional Strategies and Practices.”

Society of Clinical and Adolescent Psychiatry: “Behavior Therapy for ADHD.”

Reviewed by Smitha Bhandari on August 23, 2018

SOURCES:

CDC: "Attention-Deficit / Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD)," “My Child Has Been Diagnosed with ADHD - Now What?”

Healthy Children: “Behavior Therapy for Children with ADHD.”

U.S. Department of Education: “Teaching Children With Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder: Instructional Strategies and Practices.”

Society of Clinical and Adolescent Psychiatry: “Behavior Therapy for ADHD.”

Reviewed by Smitha Bhandari on August 23, 2018

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