Children with ADHD can become very critical of themselves. It is instinctive for children to want to learn and to please the adult. When they say “I don’t know why I didn’t do as I was told.”: often they genuinely did not know.


They know they create difficulties but they do not choose this behavior, but rather act/speak impulsively without thinking about the consequences. If behaviour management isn’t approached correctly, the child with ADHD will internalise into their self concept that they are ‘naughty’ and will act out according to the identity they have been given by the adult.