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Parents of ADHD Children

Behavior Therepy

Hi my son who is 8 has his first appointment to receive behavior therepy next week. What can I expect and what questions should I ask.


I can tell you that OUR experience with behavior therapy was “just okay.”  Our sessions were more for the behavior of the parents rather than our ADHD child.  (Not what we thought it was going to be AT ALL.)  Our child only attended the last 3 sessions and we had 12 sessions.  It was kind of frustrating to me… But, we did learn a few things.  Again, that was just our experience. 

Our therapy sessions were through a chilren’s psych unit at a Children’s Hospital.

Posted by karen4880 on Aug 11, 2014 at 2:10pm

We love our therapist.  We all go (parents, adhd son and non adhd daughter) we discuss our big goals and the therapist explains things to the kids (and us) about the why? Behind some of our feelings/reactions. 

Our therapist is very action oriented-but consistency, parents being on the same page, and taking a different approach with our adhd son is 24/7 our job and thats why it is so important that we ARE so involved. 

We all work together better as a result.  See Dr Hallowell Big Struggle articles to see how the whole family is impacted and is part of problem and solution.

Posted by momtodom on Aug 11, 2014 at 2:56pm

There are several articles on that address behavioral therapy. I’ll list a few of the best below so you can read up on it and set appropriate expectations before your appointment.

Therapy is an integral part of treatment for my son and our family.

ADDconnect Moderator, Author & Mom to Tween Boy with ADHD and LDs

Posted by adhdmomma on Aug 11, 2014 at 3:46pm

It all depends on what method the therapist plans to use and for what reason you have elected to place your child in behavior therapy. If your he is not on the Autism spectrum, the therapist will probably use some form of cognitive therapy. That means they deal with thoughts as well as behaviors, why we should behave a certain way. However, if your child is on the spectrum in addition to having ADHD, the therapist will probably apply some form of shaping therapy. In other words, they will break a desired behavior down into steps and teach the child a step at a time.

Also be aware that behavior therapy needs to be carried on in the home and not just the office. If you really want the maximum benefit, you need to be working with your child every day on the desired behaviors. Finally, your child will probably get more benefit from the therapy if he is on meds.

I hope this information is helpful to you.
Sue H in PC, Ohio

Posted by SueH on Aug 11, 2014 at 3:48pm

I am constantly working with his behavior at home. I use behavior chart and point system with him. I also use the when and then statements when you do this then you can do that. I praise him often when I see him behaving positively. He takes 4 mg of Intunive. Thanks everyone for all the feedback.

Posted by mdasch on Aug 12, 2014 at 6:07am

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