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Many children with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) need behaviour therapy to help them interact appropriately with others. Parent and caregiver training in these techniques most often takes 8 to 10 counselling sessions. Each session is 1 to 2 hours a week.
Behaviour therapy isn't meant to treat problems with paying attention, being overactive, or being impulsive. But it can help with some of the behaviour problems that go along with ADHD, such as not getting along well with others or not following rules.
Behaviour therapy most often involves two basic principles:
Here are some things you can do to practice behaviour therapy at different ages:
Talk with your child about behaviors at school. When your child gets home, do not add more consequences for behaviours that have already been addressed at school. Instead, use the information you get from school staff members to talk with your child about the event, their reaction, and how they can act differently in the future.
Remember, when parents or caregivers start a new system of limits and consequences, children and teens tend to test those limits. It takes patience, imagination, creativity, and energy to carry out behaviour management. It's important for parents and caregivers to apply the techniques in a consistent way. The program is often successful in helping a child behave and function well. But if you stop using the techniques, problem behaviour most often returns.
Parenting programs and books may be helpful for some parents and caregivers. Ask your care provider for suggestions.
Adaptation Date: 2/23/2022
Adapted By: Alberta Health Services
Adaptation Reviewed By: Alberta Health Services
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