A recent article in ADDitude magazine suggests that behavioral parent training (BPT) is beneficial to treat a child’s ADHD, improve family relationships and boost the child’s social skills. Essentially, BPT helps parents and caregivers develop house rules and procedures that help everyone. BPT can be completed in a group or individually with a psychologist.
Some of the focuses of parent training are:
- Catch the child being good by noticing and rewarding appropriate behavior
- Create a daily routine, with rules about doing homework, bedtime, getting ready for school in the morning and other key moments of the day
- Give your child specific rather than general directions (i.e. “Put all of your clothes away” rather than “clean up your room”)
- Minimize distractions in your home, thus minimizing choices to avoid overwhelming choices
- Create an organized home
- Help your child break down large tasks and set small, achievable goals that add up to a large accomplishment
- Establish age-appropriate rewards and discipline
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