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Where is my Child? Learning to put on the brakes



  A lot of children with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder have a hard time controlling their impulses. I like to use this metaphor used by authors Quinn and Stern in their book Putting on the Brakes when I work with parents with impulsive children. I explain to the child that cars have brakes but sometimes they can be weak brakes. In order to make those brakes stronger, he must exercise his brakes and the parents need to help him do that.