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How is parent training for ADHD modified for use with teenagers?

Donna Hill Howes, RN
Family Medicine
Parent training for attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) can be adjusted for use with young children, adolescents, and older teenagers. Parent training for teenagers with ADHD addresses the specific problem behaviors of teens and the challenges their parents face. For instance, time out can be very effective with preschool- and elementary-aged children, but teenagers require more severe consequences. Rather than using time out, a parent may address problem behaviors in a teen by restricting computer time or taking away the keys to the family car.

In parent training for teens with ADHD, teenagers can play an active role. Teenagers may take part in the parent training sessions, working with their parents to pinpoint problem behaviors and identifying consequences to be implemented when rules are broken. The National Resource Center on ADHD reports that teenagers may be more motivated to behave better when they participate in the parent training treatment plan.

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