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Can psychotherapy treat attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD)?

Parenting children with ADHD may be difficult and can present challenges that create stress within the family. Classes in behavior management skills for parents can help reduce stress for all family members. Training in behavior management skills for parents usually occurs in a group setting, which encourages parent-to-parent support. Behavior management skills may include the following:

  • use of "time out"
  • point systems
  • contingent attention (responding to child with positive attention when desired behaviors occur; withholding attention when undesired behaviors occurs)

Teachers may also be taught behavior management skills to use in the classroom setting. Training for teachers usually includes use of daily behavior reports that communicate in-school behaviors to parents. Behavior management techniques tend to improve targeted behaviors (such as completing school work or keeping the child's hands to himself/herself), but are not usually helpful in reducing inattention, hyperactivity, or impulsivity.

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