Channelling positive aspects
Children with ADHD present an undeniable challenge, but as well as problems can contribute many positive qualities to classroom life, such as:
- Boundless energy and enthusiasm
- Inventiveness and creativity
By focussing on the child's strengths, and praising and rewarding good behaviour, you will boost their confidence and self esteem. Children with ADHD can fall into a vicious circle of bad behaviour, followed by criticism, which makes them feel bad about themselves, which then leads to further bad behaviour. Try to provide positive reinforcement of their strengths instead, to make them feel better and motivate them to behave well. Reward schemes using star charts or points, which gets the child something they want, can help to encourage and maintain good behaviour.