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(p. 55) Modifying the Environment 

(p. 55) Modifying the Environment
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(p. 55) Modifying the Environment
Author(s):

Steven A. Safren

, Susan E. Sprich

, Carol A. Perlman

, and Michael W. Otto

DOI:
10.1093/med:psych/9780190235581.003.0007
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date: 22 September 2019

This chapter focuses on more ways in which the therapist can help clients with ADHD to reduce distractibility. Clients are instructed to identify distractions in their work environment and then to modify the environment accordingly. The therapist stresses the importance of keeping track of important objects such as keys, wallet, and phone, and teaches the client how to set up organizational systems to help with this. Clients should use periodic reminders such as alarms to check in and see if they are on track or if they have gotten distracted. A case vignette illustrates ways to modify the client’s environment to minimize distractions.

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