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Behavioural Therapy for ADHD

The goal of behavioural treatment is to help parents and teachers better manage the behaviour of a child with ADHD. Behavioural treatment is a package of interventions directed at the child, the parents, and teachers.

Behavioural treatment can help the child become responsible for her own behaviour and to support her in the process. Because ADHD affects all areas of a child's life, it is important that it is addressed in all areas of the child's life as well. This means making the child's whole environment supportive, including home and school. Parents play a key role in helping their child with ADHD.

Many of the strategies used in behavioural treatment for ADHD can be used with all children, whether or not they have ADHD. However, children with ADHD will need more support, especially at first. This support includes:

  • organization
  • structure
  • consistency
  • communication

You can apply many of the strategies in this section on your own, but you may also need or want extra help. This may include:

  • programs for parents, including counselling, support groups, and parent training
  • programs for children, including counselling and social skills training
  • programs for families

How long the program lasts, who provides it, and the setting all depend on the individual needs of the child and the family. Your family doctor can help you to find services in your area that are appropriate for you and your child.

Tara McAuley, PhD, CPsych

Peter Chaban, MA, MEd

Rosemary Tannock, PhD