Disciplining A Child With Adhd
Tips on disciplining a child with ADD and ADHD. Learn the difference between non-compliant behavior and ADD behavior!
Since ADD or ADHD are closely related to both Autism and Tourette's Syndrome, there are many things that we can learn from the advice doctors and psychologists give those patients also. Between 2% and 10% of all children are diagnosed as either ADD or ADHD. Oddly though, between 20% and 30% of children in some states in the U.S. are reported to be medicated for this disorder. These tips work whether the child is medicated or not.
Combined here are some of these discipline techniques. Try some of the classroom interventions listed below that will either discourage the need for discipline or help to punish the ADD child in the correct manner. There is much that can be done to enrich every child's learning experience.
These are simple interventions and techniques that can be done both at home and in the classroom that take very little time. Like with anything else, a good does of common sense helps. Below is the list:
1. Foster a good relationship with the ADD child. (This will make the child try harder.)
2. Refrain from embarrassing the child or disciplining the child in front of his or her peers. (Since the ADD child struggles with peer relationships this is crucial. This will distance the child from you, and increase the teasing that the child must endure)
3. Encourage the child and the child's parents to involve the ADD student in many sports and other activities. Usually, the ADD child thrives in a busy environment.
4. Never discipline ADD behavior, but offer the child ways of coping with hsi or her impulsive urges.
5. Always discipline non-compliant behavior! This is when the child willfully disobeys rules and limits. (Using positive reinforcement helps, but punishment on the basis of consequences is also effective.)
6. Always be consistent!
7. Use positive reinforcement. (An example of this is a reward system where the child can earn points or money, as well as lose the points or money.)
8. Use the consequences of the child's behavior as punishment. (An example: If the ADD child breaks his or her toy train by being careless, do NOT buy them another one. This will teach them to learn the consequences of their actions.)
9. Never punish by withholding sports or other school-related activities. (The ADD child NEEDS to stay active. A much better punishment option is the restriction of TV viewing or perhaps computer time. Extra chores is another good option.)
10. Time the child's time-outs, and keep them short. (An extensive time-out for an ADD child is cruel and unusual punishment, especially if the child is under 10. Fifteen minutes is enough.)
Something like a touch on the arm from a teacher can be all the motivation that a child needs. Repeating a request is also very helpful to the ADD child. This is all it may take for an inattentive student to stay on task. Many of these tips can prevent the need for any discipline. The best advice to any parent or teacher is be creative! Try new things. Never get complacent. Always keep your mind open for new tricks and techniques.
Many of these tips have been proven. Some schools still resist using classroom interventions. These innovative techniques can be so usefull. Still, these and other simple solutions to complex problems go on being ignored. I know that it is difficult to change any type of an institution; however, this would make the teacher's job much less difficult in the grand scheme of things.