Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder Treatment Types

A cognitive behavioral therapist may use few techniques to help a belligerent child learn to control his fighting, or an impulsive teenager to think before he/she speaks.

Social skills training can very well make the children learn new behaviors. In social skills training, the therapist discusses and prepares appropriate situations like waiting for a turn, sharing toys, asking for help, or responding to teasing.

He then gives the children a chance to practice. Some child might know to read other people's facial expression and tone of voice, in order to respond with ease.

Social skills training helps ADHD children learn to join in-group activities, make appropriate comments, and ask for help if required. A child will be made see how his behavior affects others. The child will develop new ways to respond when angry or pushed.

Support groups - this connects people who have common concerns. Many adults with ADHD and parents of children with ADHD join a local or national support group. Many groups deal with issues of children's disorders, and even ADHD in particular.

Members of support groups share frustrations and successes to qualified specialists, and information about what works for them better for themselves and their children. There is always strength in numbers.

Sharing experiences with others who have similar problems helps people know that they are not at all alone. Parenting skills training- this is offered by therapists or in special classes, gives parents ways and means for managing their child's behavior.

One such technique is the use of 'time out' when the child becomes too belligerent or out of control. During time outs, the child is removed from the place of trouble and sits alone quietly for a short time to mellow down.

Parents will also be taught to give the child "quality time" each day. During that time they share a pleasurable or relaxed activity. At this time the parent looks for opportunities to notice and make a note of what the child does well.

The parent is also advised to praise his or her strengths and abilities.An effective way to change a child's behavior is through a system of rewards and penalties.

The parents or teacher identify a few desirable behaviors that they want to encourage in the child--such as asking for a toy instead of grabbing it or completing a simple task.

The child is told exactly what is expected from him in order to earn the reward. The child receives the reward when he performs the desired behavior.

Mild penalty may be practiced when he doesn't. A reward can be small, perhaps a token that can be exchanged for special privileges, but it should be necessarily something the child wants and loves to earn.

The penalty might be removal of a token or a brief "time out." This practice over time helps the children to control their own behavior, thus he is made to choose the more desired behavior.

The technique works well with all children, but children with ADHD may need more frequent rewards. In addition, parents may learn to structure situations that will make their child to win.

This may include allowing only one or two playmates at a time, so that their child is not too stimulated. If the child has trouble in completing tasks, they can help the child divide a large task into small steps, and then praise or reward the child as each step is completed.


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