The Parent's Hyperactivity Handbook: Helping the Fidgety Child

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Chapter 5

Some Initial Tips for
Discipline Success

Discipline in Perspective

Many parents who have children with ADHD report that discipline and dealing with unacceptable behavior are two of the most troubled areas of their relationships with their children. One parent stated, "I have no problem with the rest of my children, but Alex just doesn't mind. I've tried everything. Maybe he'll change for a day or so, but then he's getting in trouble for the same thing the next day. Nothing I do seems to work." This parent's comments allude to the fact that children with ADHD respond very differently to discipline than children without the disorder. He also emphasizes the frustration and struggle that seem unavoidable in this situation. A number of research studies have come to the same conclusions regarding parenting and ADHD. 1,2,3 Children with ADHD have difficulty monitoring and changing their own behavior without supervision and frequent reinforcements. They also have problems generalizing rules learned in one situation to other, similar situations. 4 For example, a child with impulse problems who learns not to hit a sister or brother at home would not necessarily also avoid this behavior with friends on the playground. Children dealing with ADHD learn rules and limits

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