HOW 10 SECONDS CAN HELP YOUR CHILD WITH ADHD LISTEN BETTER

PRAISE YOUR CHILD.

Kids unfamiliar with this way of giving directions are less likely to listen the first time.

If your child is noncompliant after 10 seconds have passed, you say calmly, “This is your warning to put your dishes in the sink.”

AGAIN WAIT 10 MORE SECONDS.

What you do next will differ because each family has their own values regarding the use of consequences.  Different children respond differently to consequences.  I have one child who does not respond well at all to negative consequences.  This child has the inability to cope with the stress of them. This child still benefits with me waiting 10 seconds for compliance, but I don’t give a negative consequence for non compliance for this child.

But my two of mine learn well with the following strategy.

If a child listens, I say, “Thank you for putting your dishes in the sink.”

If a child still does not comply, I tell them to sit in a short time out.

Yes, time outs are frowned on by a lot of parents, and I agree they aren’t right for every child.

It helps my children with extreme ADHD to sit in one spot for a short time to be able to refocus.  Sitting in time out does not greatly upset them, it is a time for them to calm their minds and bodies. It resets them.

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