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Live Webinar on September 8: The Power of Positive Reinforcement: Why Rewards Trump Punishments for Students with ADHD

Not available September 8? Don’t worry. Register now and we’ll send you the replay link to watch at your convenience.Positive reinforcement inspires more consistent motivation and better learning outcomes for children with ADHD, who are more sensitive to rewards and punishments than are their neurotypical peers.

Research shows that positive reinforcement (rewards for achievements) changes the brain at the cellular level; it also shows that children with ADHD are more likely to become frustrated and give up when they don’t receive anticipated rewards for completing a difficult task.Yes, punishment may keep a child with ADHD on task in the short term. But studies show that punishment, or the anticipation of punishment, may carry serious long-term consequences if the child’s emotional regulation skills are weak.Given these findings, how might educators and caregivers more effectively approach motivation and behavior modification for children with ADHD? In this webinar, you will learn:Have a question for our expert? There will be an opportunity to post questions for the presenter during the live webinar.Gail Tripp, Ph.D., is a clinical psychologist and professor at the Okinawa Institute of Science and Technology Graduate University in Japan.

She focuses on the learning and motivational processing of children with ADHD and implications for treatment. In a recent study, she examined predictors of academic achievement in children with ADHD.The sponsor of this ADDitude webinar is….Equazen® Pro is a clinically proven nutritional medical food, designed to help improve focus, attention, academic performance and balance mood for those with ADHD.† In fact, clinical studies have shown Equazen® Pro can improve ADHD symptoms in as

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