How to Discipline a Child With ADHD?

Dr Poonam Sachdev
Tips for ParentWritten by: Dr Poonam SachdevPublished at: Feb 06, 2013Updated at: Feb 06, 2013
How to Discipline a Child With ADHD?

Attention deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) is a common childhood developmental disorder. Children with ADHD find it difficult to concentrate and pay attention, and/or may be hyperactive. Their performance in school may not be good and may have problems with their behavior as well. ADHD is a very treatable condition and doctors and specialists can help you. Some tips on how you can encourage good behavior from your child with ADHD.

  • Do not get angry or reprimand him without warning. Say a firm “no” to discourage destructive actions.
  • Have positive and realistic expectations of him; do not make negative comments, as your behavior influences his behavior.
  • Encourage him with praise, good words, smiles, and rewards for good behavior rather than punishments for bad behavior.
  • Children with ADHD find it difficult to adapt to changes, so make his life structured - this does not mean rigidity or iron discipline – but it will make it easier for them to know what has to be done, i.e. like when to do homework, how long to watch TV, when to go to bed, etc.

Be patient and understanding with him and promote proper guidance. His pediatrician / mental health specialist can guide you regarding ways of helping to make positive changes.