ADHD

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Posted by: Pixie | 2012/06/08

Q.

ADD stepson

Hi,

What is the best way to discipline a child with ADD? I have heard that they need an even stricter routine than for a child with no ADD. My stepson is 8 years old (going on 9) and is currently on 20mg Ritalin. His teacher is pleased with the results, but I don''t want to cause emotional damage by applying the wrong disciplining techniques.

Please advise?

Expert's Reply

A.

ADHD Expert

Dear Pixie,

An ADHD child requires firmer guidelines as they find it more difficult to govern their own behaviours.

In terms of 'best discipline', unfortunately it is matter of finding what works best for your child.

As I mentioned, guidelines are of utmost importance. Creating timetables and rosters is possibly the easiest manner to enable your child to know what is expected of him at various times of the day; continuing this system into his classroom can also help. Explaining in simple but clear terms what he is required to do in a situation such as going to the shops will also help. A reward system implemented with this is very important to the success of this as he will learn that abiding by the rules and behaviours expected of him wil lead to rewards.

It is essential that whatever you implement be done so consistently and across all households, by all people involved in his upbringing. Doing so will ensure he does not attempt to play one adult against another.

Best wishes,
Delia

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Posted by: Medz | 2012/06/13

Hi Natasha
Try IQ, it is herbal and works for my son as Ritalin did not agree with him and Concerta just gave him mood swings that I could not handle and no appertite at all. This , to me was a worry! My child is now pleasant and producing better results than he did when he was on drugs. His behaviour has improved, but be firm and I list whatever he needs to do. Compliment when they do good.

Reply to Medz
Posted by: NATASHA | 2012/06/12

ok, i understand the answer to the question asked, and i will try these things as well, thank you for asking the question as my son is 7 and suffers with ADD.
BUT, what if the child is not on Ritalin or anything like that as it is not suitable for him. the teachers want him on it, say he is not coping, what do i do, as he feels like he is being singled out and tends to not try any harder because of this. he feels stupid.

PLEASE HELP

Reply to NATASHA
Posted by: ADD/ADHD Expert | 2012/06/08

Dear Pixie,

An ADHD child requires firmer guidelines as they find it more difficult to govern their own behaviours.

In terms of 'best discipline', unfortunately it is matter of finding what works best for your child.

As I mentioned, guidelines are of utmost importance. Creating timetables and rosters is possibly the easiest manner to enable your child to know what is expected of him at various times of the day; continuing this system into his classroom can also help. Explaining in simple but clear terms what he is required to do in a situation such as going to the shops will also help. A reward system implemented with this is very important to the success of this as he will learn that abiding by the rules and behaviours expected of him wil lead to rewards.

It is essential that whatever you implement be done so consistently and across all households, by all people involved in his upbringing. Doing so will ensure he does not attempt to play one adult against another.

Best wishes,
Delia

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