ADHD and impulsive behaviour

If your child has ADHD, you probably know a lot about impulsive behaviour and what it may entail. Children with ADHD often act before they think and then must face the consequences of this behaviour. How can you help them as a parent?

Be a role model

It may seem futile. Your child had ADHD so he or she is bound to behave this way whatever you do, right? Well, actually, you have a huge influence on the way your child behaves. You can either reinforce her impulsive behaviour or help to temper it.

If your child has ADHD and on top of this, sees you, the parent, act in an impulsive way and, for example, lash out when something riles you up, he will only emulate your behaviour and won’t feel a need to temper his impulsivity.

Work on the sensory processing issues

Very often children with ADHD experience also sensory processing problems. They may overreact to loud noises, bright light, or lack of balance. The only way to deal with this is to systematically help your child’s sensory processing abilities get used to the stimuli which affect your child most. You can do this by means of physiotherapy or structured playtime.

When your child copes better with the sensory integration problems, he will become calmer and less stressed out by the normal environment.


Do mindfulness exercises with your child. For example, when you go for a walk, play a game in which the person who notices the most birds/dogs/people wearing sunglasses is the winner. Games like this teach children to focus and pay attention to their surroundings.


  1. It’s not true that every child with ADHD is impulsive. But sometimes just assuming that your child is impulsive, you make it happen.

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