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Does behavior modification for ADHD lose its effectiveness over time?

Donna Hill Howes, RN
Family Medicine
Some behavior modification approaches for attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) seem to become less successful over time. For instance, parents may give stickers to their young child as rewards for good behavior. After several weeks, the child may get bored with receiving stickers, and parents must be creative and find another way to reward the child's good behavior.

It is normal for all parents to need to adjust their behavior modification strategies over time. Your child's needs and wants change, and behavior modification techniques must change too. Stay flexible, be creative, and discuss any hardships or concerns with your child's doctor or therapist. A professional who is versed in behavioral modification may help you come up with new techniques to keep your child motivated to maintain their good behavior.

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