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ADHD and Consistent Consequences

Abstract: How can I change the behaviour of my child with ADHD? What are the basic principles of behaviour modification?

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Written by: Martin Winkler
First version: 22 Jul 2008.
Latest revision: 08 Nov 2009.

How can I change the behaviour of my child with ADHD? What are the basic principles of behaviour modification?

Answer:

The famous American ADHD expert Russel Barkley emphasizes the need for immediate positive consequences in the behaviour modification of ADHD children.

  • Use more immediate consequences
  • Use a greater frequency of consequences
  • Employ more salient consequences
  • Start incentives before punishments
  • Strive for consistency
  • Plan for problem situations and transitions
  • Keep a disability perspective
  • Practice forgiveness
This is very hard to achieve - especially if one or both parents are also affected by ADHD.
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