How to Help Manage Behavioural Challenges for Children with ADHD

Updated on July 21, 2023

When you work as a healthcare professional and you work with kids who have ADHD, you need to have a clear strategy for how you are going to deal with them in the most effective manner. Helping to manage their behavior is a big part of this. There are several different strategies that have proven to be effective, so let’s examine a few of them in more detail to give you a better idea of what you can do. 

Give Rewards When Rules are Followed 

After a child has had an initial ADHD diagnosis Manchester and you are looking at ways to manage their behavior, it is worth helping them to follow the rules as a starting point. This is often a challenge for kids who have been diagnosed with ADHD, so set up a system in which you provide rewards whenever they stick to the boundaries that have been clearly laid out. This latter part is important as well, as the rules can easily be forgotten unless they are reinforced time and time again. It is through this patience and consistency that you are more likely to make some progress.

Make Directions Clear and Effective 

When you provide the child with any directions of what they should or should not be doing, it is worth making sure that these are as clear and effective as possible. You do not want any confusion or ambiguity to creep in. Of course, it may take a bit of time before you get this right. In fact, the more you get to know the child and what they respond well to and what does not work, the better that it is likely to be.

Establish Healthy Habits and Routines 

Even if you only work with the child for a short time in your career as a healthcare professional, it is worth establishing some healthy habits and routines. Just working with them for an hour a week should be enough to establish a clear beginning, middle and end to your sessions. This can help the child to feel a sense of reassurance in the familiar and can also ensure that they are comfortable in the routines that you have established. 

While there is a lot more to be said for helping to manage the behavior of children with ADHD, this gives you a fine base from which you can work. You need to establish the rules as a starting point and provide rewards when they follow them as you wish. Make your directions as clear and effective as possible. Also, you should maintain and establish healthy habits and routines. This way, you can create a sense of security in the familiarity.

There are going to be times when you fall short, but you need to remind yourself to stay the course with it. Only through consistency and sustained effort can you eventually get to the stage where you see improvements and make a real difference in a child’s life. 

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