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Your Defiant Child

Eight Steps to Better Behavior
Narrated by: Pam Ward
Length: 8 hrs and 56 mins
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Discover a way to end constant power struggles with your defiant, oppositional, "impossible" five-to-12-year-old, with the help of leading child psychologist Russell A. Barkley. Dr. Barkley's approach is research based, practical, and doable - and leads to lasting behavior change.

Vivid, realistic stories illustrate what the techniques look like in action. Step by step, learn how you can:

  • Harness the power of positive attention and praise
  • Use rewards and incentives effectively
  • Stay calm and consistent - even on the worst of days
  • Establish a time-out system that works
  • Target behavioral issues at home, in school, and in public places

Thoroughly revised to include the latest resources and 15 years' worth of research advances, the second edition also reflects Dr. Barkley's ongoing experiences with parents and kids.

©2013 The Guilford Press (P)2017 Tantor

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My daughter is diagnosed as ADHD with high impulsivity and oppositional defiance disorder. She is challenging and relentless. She also suffers from low self esteem due to constantly being in trouble. Her child psychologist recommended this book when I asked her to help us discipline without yelling, arguing and making her feel bad.
This book has helped her dad and I so much. Rewarding good behavior instead of focusing on the negative behavior has made a big change in my daughter. We started this in 2017. Her self esteem has improved. The fighting back has lessened. There is less resistance from her. We don’t use the reward systems too much now in 2019 but we do make a point of praising the good stuff she does. It has helped.

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Clear cut game plan for this ADHD mom of 2

I'm an adult with ADHD (diagnosed at 30), and I have 2 sons (1 with diagnosed ADHD, the other with suspected ADHD/ODD). This book was immensely helpful in making me understand just how important consistency is with my children. My struggle, however, is exactly that: consistency. This book laid out an easy to understand plan while also making me realize I cannot possibly expect compliance from my children if I'm unmedicated, because medication is what gets/keeps me on track.

I listen to most books at 1.5x speed and this one was easy to understand and follow, even being sped up. Highly recommend for any parent struggling with defiance in their family.

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Great source and starting point!

I have learned alot about myself and my child. I cant wait to start implementing the strategies and seeing the changes in my son.