Immediate Gratification

Immediate Gratification: People with ADHD have a deal of difficulty with delayed gratification and general delay. Their minds move quite quickly and often jump to different ideas and agendas before the previous agenda is completed. In the classroom, this is manifested by both yelling out answers, forgetting responses and rules, and completing assignments very quickly.

* To do’s: provide reinforcements for on task behavior as frequently as possible. Although long term goals can be exciting, frequent short term goals with rewards can result in increased focus and motivation. Be sure to use rewards that are emotionally based, not only materialistic. Earning privileges and helping the teacher with tasks can often be very effective motivators. Change rewards regularly as people with ADHD lose interest quickly and salience is central. Provide feedback regularly, both positive and negative. Structure, including communication journals, are quite useful to ensure compliance to assignments and expectations.

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