Giving kids with ADHD more discipline or structure

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One of the biggest mistakes that’s been made really for thousands of years is to believe the best way to help kids with ADHD is to punish them more. These are the battered children throughout the history. For thousands of years they’ve been spanked, beaten, tortured. And guess what? It does no good. And it does a lot of harm. So let’s put aside that solution once and for all – this is not a matter of discipline. It is a matter of finding structures, interventions, whatever recipe you come up with to help these children develop control internally that doesn’t come naturally. It’s not a matter of effort. It’s a matter of structure, support, education, sometimes medication, sleep, diet, exercise – that’s how to strengthen their brakes as I like to say. Give them the internal control that they lack. Punishment is absolutely counterproductive.

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Edward Hallowell, MD, EdD

Psychiatrist, ADHD Specialist, & Author

Edward (Ned) Hallowell, MD, EdD is a Harvard-trained Child and Adult Psychiatrist in practice in Sudbury, MA (outside Boston) and New York City. The author of 18 books, Dr. Hallowell specializes in learning differences such as ADHD and dyslexia, both of which he has himself.  He has also written extensively on general issues of parenting and living in our modern age. He lives in the Boston area with his wife of 23 years, Sue, and their three children, Lucy, Jack, and Tucker.

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