Parents are encouraged to remember that most impulsive, over-active, and inattentive behaviors seen in children with attention problems are not intentional. They did not cause the chemical reaction in their brain that caused the behavior, but over time, they can learn to control it. With that in mind, it is important to assist children in managing the effects their behaviors while facilitating success in their personal efforts.
At home and in the classroom, structured behavioral techniques and discipline are proven successful. Combined with flexibility that adjusts for the child’s unique difficulties associated with inconsistent mental effort and variable self-monitoring, flexible structuring is an attitude that focuses on addressing problems instead of bemoaning them.
Trouble with Acting Before Thinking (Impulsivity)
Problems with Changes in Routine
Difficulty Transitioning from one task to another
Trouble making Transitions at School
Problems completing Multiple Step Tasks
Trouble Following Directions
(c) 2009- 2012, Monte W. Davenport, Ph.D.