Is Your ADHD Child Always at Fault?

child with ADHDMany parents believe that they should punish their child when they misbehave at school. It has been shown that punishment is not an effective way to change a behavior or get a child to do what you want, especially in children with ADHD. When a child misbehaves, natural and/or logical consequences are the best way to address the problem and to investigate the behavior to understand what precipitated your child’s behavior. In school, many children with ADHD have impulsive or poorly thought-out reactions to negative events, such as doing poorly on a test, being hurried, being bullied, teased, or provoked.

Some examples of natural and/or logical consequences are:

  • Getting a low grade for homework that is late.
  • Not being able to play video games because s/he broke the controller.
  • Being asked to leave a friend’s house because s/he was misbehaving.
  • Not receiving his/her allowance because chores weren’t done for the week.
  • Not having clean clothes to wear because s/he didn’t put the dirty clothes in the hamper.
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About the Author

Roya Kravetz is a Professional Credentialed Coach (PCC) with the International Coach Federation (ICF), a Board-Certified Coach (BCC) with the Center for Credentialing and Education (CCE), a Certified Mentor Coach (CMC) with Mentor Coach LLC, and Certified Parent Educator (CPE) with the International Network for Children and Families (INCAF). While there are many life coaches out there, very few are accredited and board certified through the ICF and CCE. Roya specializes in educating and coaching individuals and families with ADHD and Executive Function challenges. She also has experience working with adoptive families who have children with ADHD. Roya has combined her professional skills with her broad cultural background to build a highly specialized national and international coaching practice based in Carmel Valley (San Diego), California. She is multi-lingual and coaches in English and Spanish.

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