Motivating an “Unmotivated” Child or Teen with ADHD Ask The Expert

Original Air Date February 9, 2022 | 7:00 PM, EST

Jeffrey Sprague, PhD

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“I’ll do it later.” “I don’t feel like it.” “This is so stupid.”

Does this sound familiar? Many parents struggle with getting their children to do homework, do household chores, go out to play, get a part-time job, or socialize with family or friends. When a child with ADHD lacks motivation, it isn’t because they are lazy. There are many reasons kids lack motivation, including ADHD and coexisting conditions. Parents may become concerned that a lack of motivation will lead to bigger problems later in life like behavioral challenges, trouble earning a living, having healthy relationships, and even substance abuse.

In this presentation, you will learn the reasons why your child struggles with motivation and positive parenting strategies that you can use to support your child.


Upon completion of this webinar, you will be able to:

  • Name the potential reasons that a child seems unmotivated.
  • Recognize realistic expectations based on a child’s developmental level.
  • Understand ways to help your child when they are struggling with motivation.

Jeffrey Sprague, PhD, is an academic expert in school violence, school safety, positive behavior interventions and supports, multi-tiered support systems, alternative education, and juvenile delinquency prevention and treatment. At the University of Oregon, he is a professor of special education and the director of the University of Oregon Institute on Violence and Destructive Behavior.

Sprague is a contributor to Early Warning, Timely Response: A Guide to Safe Schools, and the 1998, 1999, and 2000 President’s Annual Report on School Safety. He has written a book on crime prevention through environmental design for school administrators and another on school safety. He recently completed a research project from the National Institute in Drug Abuse to conduct the first randomized control trial of the effects of positive behavior supports in middle schools. He is also co-principal investigator on five Institute of Education Sciences Goal 2 development projects focusing on PBIS in schools, response to intervention for behavior, classroom management, student self-management, and PBIS implementation in juvenile justice settings.

This webinar is provided by CHADD’s National Resource Center on ADHD and is supported by Cooperative Agreement Number NU38DD005376 funded by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).