Many children with ADHD need behavior therapy to help them interact appropriately with others. Parent training in these techniques most often takes 8 to 10 counseling sessions. Each session is 1 to 2 hours a week.
Behavior therapy isn't meant to treat problems with paying attention, being overactive, or being impulsive. But it can help with some of the behavior problems that go along with ADHD, such as not getting along well with others or not following rules.
Behavior therapy most often involves two basic principles:
Here are some things you can do to practice behavior therapy at different ages:
Remember, when parents start a new system of limits and consequences, children tend to test those limits. It takes patience, imagination, creativity, and energy to carry out behavior management. It's important for parents to apply the techniques in a consistent way. The program is often successful in helping a child behave and function well. But if parents stop using the techniques, problem behavior most often returns.
Parenting programs and books may be helpful for some parents. Ask your care provider for suggestions.
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