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Fifty Ways to Improve your Child's Behavior and Attention Span: Without Drugs, Labels, or Coercion

Written by ICPA   
Friday, 01 September 2006 00:00
  1. Provide a balanced breakfast.
  2. Consider the Feingold diet.
  3. Limit television and video games.
  4. Teach self-talk skills.
  5. Find out what interests your child.
  6. Promote a strong physical education program in your child’s school.
  7. Enroll your child in a martial arts program.
  8. Discover your child’s multiple intelligences
  9. Use background music to focus and calm.
  10. Use color to highlight information.
  11. Teach your child to visualize.
  12. Remove allergens from the diet.
  13. Provide opportunities for physical movement.
  14. Enhance your child’s self-esteem.
  15. Find your child’s best times of alertness.
  16. Give instructions in attention-grabbing ways.
  17. Provide a variety of stimulating learning activities.
  18. Consider biofeedback training.
  19. Activate positive career aspirations.
  20. Teach your child physical-relaxation techniques.
  21. Use incidental learning to teach.
  22. Support full inclusion of your child in a regular classroom.
  23. Provide positive role models.
  24. Consider alternative schooling options.
  25. Channel creative energy into the arts.
  26. Provide hands-on activities
  27. Spend positive times together.
  28. Provide appropriate spaces for learning.
  29. Consider individual psychotherapy.
  30. Use touch to soothe and calm.
  31. Help your child with organizational skills.
  32. Help your child appreciate the value of personal effort.
  33. Take care of yourself.
  34. Teach your child focusing techniques.
  35. Provide immediate feedback.
  36. Provide your child with access to a computer.
  37. Consider family therapy.
  38. Teach problem-solving skills.
  39. Offer your child real-life tasks to do.
  40. Use “time-out” in a positive way.
  41. Help your child develop social skills.
  42. Contract with your child.
  43. Use effective communication skills.
  44. Give your child choices.
  45. Discover and treat the four types of misbehavior.
  46. Establish consistent rules, routines, and transitions.
  47. Hold family meetings.
  48. Have your child teach a younger child.
  49. Use natural and logical consequences.
  50. Hold a positive image of your child.


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Pathways Issue 11 CoverThis article appeared in Pathways to Family Wellness magazine, Issue #11.

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