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The interruptions and uncertainty caused by the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic can be difficult for any child to process. Check out these tips for parents to help kids manage behavior.


Creating a Nurturing Environment for Your Child’s Telehealth Visit (PDF)

Tips for parents of young children on how to have a successful telehealth visit, provided by the Behavioral Medicine and Clinical Psychology team at Cincinnati Children's.

Contingency Management Systems for Children with ADHD (PDF)

A token economy or a contingency management system (CMS) is an effective behavior management tool used in the treatment of children with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD). This guide from Richard Loren, of Cincinnati Children's Center for ADHD, provides detailed information about how to create a CMS for your child.

Tips for Effective Discipline and Consequences

CDC recommendations for using safe and effective discipline strategies.

How to Give Kids Effective Instructions

One of the most important keys to minimizing problem behavior is making sure that kids are getting the message you’re trying to send. These tips from Child Mind Institute will help make the commands you give more effective, resulting in greater compliance from your child.

Tips for Motivating Kids to Complete Tasks

Strategies for parents to use to motivate their children to complete tasks, chores, and homework.

Special Playtime

Scheduling 10-15 minutes of “special time” each day to play with your child helps increase your child’s self esteem, improve the parent-child relationship, decrease behavior problems, decrease abuse potential, and decrease child mental health problems. This brief guide provides tips on how to do special time with your child.

How Can We Help Children with Self-Regulation?

The Child Mind Institute provides information about what self-regulation is and how to help children who struggle with self-regulation.

Coping With Defiance: Birth to Three Years

Zero to Three offers guidance on what to expect and how to deal with defiance from children based on age.

Coping With Aggression and Teaching Self-Control

Zero to Three offers age-appropriate ways to help your child rely less on aggressive behaviors to communicate their needs.

Resources to Prevent Adolescent Alcohol Use

Risk of alcohol and substance use is particularly high during times of stress. It is therefore important that during these stressful times of COVID-19 that parents know the signs of alcohol and substance use and ways to prevent use in their teens. This resource from the Office of Adolescent Health lists for parents, educators, communities, and adolescents for preventing alcohol use in adolescents.

Understanding ADHD

An overview from Children and Adults with Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (CHADD) with important information for parents on ADHD.

Supporting Individuals with Autism through Uncertain Times

A detailed guide from the UNC Frank Porter Graham Child Development Institute Autism Team that provides 7 Strategies to support individuals with autism spectrum disorders (ASD) through uncertain times. Children with ASD and developmental disabilities (DD) often struggle when their routines are interrupted so they are more likely to struggle with the changes in routines that COVID-19 has imposed.