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If your child has ADHD (attention deficit hyperactivity disorder), behavior therapy can be a beneficial part of the treatment. Behavior therapy can include behavioral interventions, social skills training, and parenting skills training. In addition to these types of therapy, you can help improve your child's behavior by setting and enforcing rules, maintaining a consistent schedule, and organizing everyday items such as clothing and school supplies.

An Overview of ADHD Behavior Therapy

ADHD medications can help a child with ADHD (attention deficit hyperactivity disorder) in everyday life. He or she may be better able to control some of the behavior problems that have led to trouble with parents and siblings. However, it takes time to undo the frustration, blame, and anger that may have gone on for so long.
Both the parents and the child may need special help to develop techniques for managing the patterns of behavior. In such cases, mental health professionals can counsel the child and the family, helping them to develop new skills, attitudes, and ways of relating to each other.
In individual counseling, the therapist helps children with ADHD learn to feel better about themselves. The therapist can also help them to identify and build on their strengths, cope with daily problems, and control their attention and aggression.
Sometimes only the child with ADHD needs counseling support. But in many cases -- because the problem affects the family as a whole -- the entire family may need help. The therapist can assist the family in finding better ways to handle the disruptive behaviors and promote change. If the child is young, most of the therapist's work is with the parents, teaching them techniques for coping with and improving their child's behavior.
Several treatment approaches are available. Knowing something about the various types of ADHD behavior therapy makes it easier for families to choose a therapist that is right for their needs.
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