Behavior Therapy is effective in helping manage symptoms of ADHD in children. A reward system is implemented with input from the child and new behaviors are taught to replace the old, maladaptive ones. When setting up a behavioral program, it is important to remember the “Three C’s.”
- Clarity of Expectations
Keep rules and expectations simple, concise and clear. Make sure they are easily understood by the child.
Follow through with consequences in a consistent manner.
Approach situations calmly. Take a deep breath and make sure you are in control. Take a brief “time-out” if you need to get a better hold over your emotions. Children are especially sensitive if we lose our temper. A calm approach is most effective and won’t overstimulate the child or escalate the situation.
Two ADHD experts, Peter Jensen, Ph.D., a professor of child psychiatry at Columbia University, and Patricia Quinn, M.D., a developmental pediatrician in private practice in Washington, D.C., explain the importance of the Three C’s in this video interview:
Click on ADHD: Tips for Parents and Teachers to view video.