The Parent's Hyperactivity Handbook: Helping the Fidgety Child

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Chapter 7

Changing the
Dynamic Picture

Perhaps you have made some adjustments to your own discipline strategy after experimenting with the suggestions in Chapter 6. You may have had some success modifying your child's behavior or, at least, you have discovered some pitfalls that were sabotaging your previous efforts. Even minor changes in behavior are a welcome sign to parents who have put so much energy and effort toward their children's future behavioral health. You may be tempted to stop to catch your breath, knowing that you have tried to find the best system for you and your child. On the other hand, you may have found very little success with the strategies and techniques presented in Chapter 6. Whether due to ADHD or other unseen factors, some children simply do not respond, or change at a snail's pace, in reaction to their parent's efforts.

In either case, there is more work to be done in the areas of your child's relationships and sense of self. Many parents make the mistake of defining emotional and developmental health in a child as behavioral compliance. In this view, when behavioral symptoms have disappeared, the child is deemed healthy. Although increases in positive behavior may seem to be an adequate

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