Monday, April 22, 2013

Behavior Therapy for ADHD Children: More Carrot, Less Stick

Imagine a treatment that could manage the behavior of a child with attention deficit disorder (ADD), make you a better parent, and enlist teachers to help him do well in school — all without the side effects of ADHD medications. There is such a treatment. It’s called behavior therapy — a series of techniques to improve parenting skills and a child’s behavior...“A pill decreases common ADHD symptoms like impulsivity and distractibility, but it doesn’t change behavior. A child on medication might be disinclined to punch someone, because he’s less impulsive, but he doesn’t know what to do instead. Behavior therapy fills in the blanks, by giving a child positive alternative behaviors to use.” more

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