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ADHD is a medical condition marked by developmental delays in children and teens, and often leads to challenges in parenting. It tends to be greatly misunderstood by medical and therapeutic providers, who may develop treatment plans that rely on medication as a sole source of treatment to the exclusion of behavior management training in parenting. Parenting interventions are effective, recommended, and have been proven to improve symptoms for children and teens. Most experts agree that ADHD is much (cont'd below)

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Leading Articles about Managing ADHD

Is it ADHD or a Language Problem?

By Mark Bertin

Knowledge is power in parenting as in the rest of life. Many factors influence a child’s development. The more a…

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How Can a Coffee Filter Help Your Child Manage Impulsivity?

By Elaine Taylor-Klaus

Occasionally, we get letters from our clients that are brilliant stories of their successes. The coach-approach in action, these stories…

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By Diane Dempster

In the pursuit of the “Perfect Holiday,” we run ourselves ragged. The Perfect Gift! The Perfect Meal! The Perfect Decorations!…

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Who Needs to Watch Their Language, Parents or Kids?

By Carol Gignoux

“Are you doing this on purpose?” That was my least favorite phrase growing up. It hurt every time I heard…

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How to Stay Calm

By Diane Dempster

3 Things That Disturb The Peace Do You Want More Calm in Your Life? God, grant me the serenity to…

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Bilbow Formula for Success

By Andrea Bilbow

In the 20 years I’ve spent advocating for children and families with ADHD, I’ve identified one common denominator that stands…

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How to Help Teens Who Aren’t “Living Up to Their Potential”

By Maggie Wray

“If he just applied himself, he could be earning straight A’s! He’s so smart…he’s just not living up to his…

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True or False: ADHD Kids Can’t Focus

By Diane Dempster

Have you ever seen a normal, everyday person suddenly turn into Perry Mason or Matlock right in front of your…

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How to Get Your ADHD Child's Attention

How to Get Your ADHD Child’s Attention

By Elaine Taylor-Klaus

Communication Barriers As different as we all are, there are certain fundamental things most families have in common about how…

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(continued) more than a ‘deficit of attention.’ Instead, ADHD can appear as a rather complicated collection of symptoms, manifesting somewhat differently for each individual. It may more easily be understood as a brain-based developmental delay in executive function. It can also be confused with or compounded by the many co-existing conditions that are common for people with ADHD, including anxiety, learning disabilities, depression, asthma, allergies, autism, Tourette syndrome, as well as newer (and less-well-known or researched) conditions, such as rejection sensitive dysphoria (RSD).

Executive functions are responsible for how we think, feel, and act. They’re how we get ourselves to do (or not do) absolutely anything. Therefore, the symptoms that lead to an ADHD diagnosis are not just whether or not someone can pay attention, but whether they can self-regulate – whether they can decide what to pay attention to, stick with it, finish what they’re focusing on, minimize their impulses, and avoid getting distracted in the process. That’s what makes parenting so difficult.

The five areas most commonly reflected in ADHD symptoms rely heavily on executive function: attention (focus), impulsivity, organization, emotional intensity, and (sometimes) hyperactivity. Again, when kids, teens or young adults struggle with these issues, it can cause significant challenges in parenting.

Whether parents are trying to get life moving in the mornings or just help their kids and teens manage any or all of their responsibilities, ADHD is best treated by a combination of medication and ‘behavior therapy,’ otherwise known as parent management training, or behavior management training. With training, parenting can work with medication (when relevant) to teach children and teens skills in self-management, and ultimately improve outcomes for the whole family.