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What is behavior management for children with ADHD?

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Many therapists believe you can impact your child's behavior by using behavior management.

The first step is to foster a positive parent-child relationship. Therapists say this can be done by spending quality time with your child each day -- your child's "special time." During this time, let them pick an activity. Then simply focus on enjoying your child and their interests.

The next step in behavioral management is to use positive reinforcement when your child behaves well. Praise and reward them for it. Your child may behave well more often. Experts encourage parents to notice their child's good behavior at least five times a day and praise it.

From: Can You Prevent ADHD? WebMD Medical Reference

SOURCES:

American Academy of Family Physicians: "ADHD: What Parents Should Know."

Attention Deficit Disorder Resources: "Behavioral Treatment for ADHD."

ADHD Library.org: "Teaching Attention Skills to Children with ADHD."

MedlinePlus: "Hyperactivity and Sugar."

Reviewed by Smitha Bhandari on November 1, 2018

SOURCES:

American Academy of Family Physicians: "ADHD: What Parents Should Know."

Attention Deficit Disorder Resources: "Behavioral Treatment for ADHD."

ADHD Library.org: "Teaching Attention Skills to Children with ADHD."

MedlinePlus: "Hyperactivity and Sugar."

Reviewed by Smitha Bhandari on November 1, 2018

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