ADHD 101 Educational Techniques for ADHD: Bracketing Distracting Thoughts
Not an appropriate thought, for example, a discouraging or negative thought such as “I can’t get this,” or “This is stupid.” “Never” thoughts are power destroyers; they erode confidence and commitment and should be dealt with and eliminated every time they surface!
Help your child make a list of examples of thoughts in each group. Discuss these thoughts and why they are “now” “later” or “never” thoughts. Be sure your child can give good examples on their own of thoughts in each group.
Help your child use their imagination to draw a “container” into which they can place their “later” thoughts in order to relieve distraction. Your child may wish to choose a container that could hold keepsakes such as a chest or jewelry box. Ask your child to draw and decorate the “later” container in a special manner, worthy of important thoughts!
Encourage your child to visualize a trash can into which they place their “never” thoughts. Have your child draw the container. Since “never” thoughts are power bandits, they must be tossed away every time they occur. If left alone, they can poison other thoughts!
When attention begins to drift from the task at hand, decide if the thought is a “later” or a “never” thought and place in the appropriate container. If the thought is a “later” thought, make a note to follow up at a future time. As children become older, they can write a quick note to themselves if the later thought is very important.
The most important part of this process is that your child is taking conscious control over their thoughts, gaining a powerful mechanism to direct their attention in productive rather than destructive ways.
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