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Helping Your Child with ADHD: Techniques to Regulate Emotions
Helping Your Child with ADHD: Techniques to Regulate Emotions

ADHD and Emotion Regulation: Emotion regulation is our ability to provide adequate control over emotional responses. While difficulty with emotion regulation is not a symptoms of ADHD, individuals with ADHD tend to get flooded or overwhelmed with emotions. Strong and intense reactions can sometimes have positive consequences, such as getting really excited about a family trip, but these reactions can also make getting through the day a challenge. Emotion regulation is a skill that can be learned, often with the help of parents or other adults. Here are some strategies that may help at home or at school: Provide as much consistency as possible. Regular mealtimes and sleep schedules are essential for children's emotional and physical development. Talk about your feelings when appropriate. Encourage your children to talk about their feelings. Label your child’s feelings and discuss emotions as they arise in books or television shows. Model emotion regulation. What strategies do you use when you are feeling frustrated or worried? Practice deep breathing. This is a tool that the whole family can practice and it can be used anywhere! If you are looking for more support, psychotherapy using collaborative problem solving or cognitive behaviour therapy may help your child and family. What is...

Comprehensive Behavioural Intervention for Tics

Bye Bye Annoying Tics: Introducing Comprehensive Behavioural Intervention for Tics (CBIT) What is CBIT? Comprehensive Behavioural Intervention for Tics (CBIT) is a non-drug powerful behavioural treatment that helps patients to (1) become more aware of tics and early signs a tic is about to occur, (2) use competing responses (voluntary behaviours that are designed to be physically incompatible with tics thereby disrupting the tic cycle), and (3) change their environment in ways that can help reduce tics. CBIT is more than basic supportive therapy and education. CBIT is a highly structured and specialized treatment, provided by a therapist who is trained and certified in CBIT. CBIT is generally delivered over 8 sessions (although the length depends on the child and family’s needs). In CBIT, Jonny learned that before his neck cracking tic, he feels a pressure build up in his neck. Instead of doing the tic, he began tilting his head slightly forward when he felt that pressure, so that he could not crack his neck at the same time. After a week of using his competing response consistently, the pressure began decreasing and he no longer felt the urge to do this tic. He was super happy since this tic was causing him...