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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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Life With An ADHD Kid: It Is What It Is…

By Diane Dempster

Digging Deep For A Lesson I love to garden. Scratch that. I love to get dirty and wear out my…

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Sitting Still

Sitting Still: Is it Sensory or ADHD?

By Debi Hinerfeld

Restless behaviors can be distracting and disruptive to family and classroom routines. There are many reasons a child might have…

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How to Manage ADHD Effectively: 6 Fundamental Steps

By Elaine Taylor-Klaus

ADHD Is Manageable! That’s the message of the new e-book by ImpactADHD, “ADHD in Reality: Practical Tips FROM Parents, FOR…

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What Does it Mean to “Treat” ADHD?

By Elaine Taylor-Klaus

“Acceptance is not submission. It is acknowledgement of the facts of a situation, and then deciding what you’re going to…

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Diagnosing ADHD

Diagnosing ADHD: An Integrative Pediatricians’ View

By Richard Layton

“Medicine is a science of uncertainty and an art of probability.” Sir Dr. William Osler (one of the great physicians…

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2 Questions to Stop Asking About Your ADHD Child

By Lisa Kaplin

When working with parents of children with ADHD I often get asked two questions that I put in the “not…

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Preparing ADHD Youth

Prepare ADHD Kids for Independence, One Transition at a Time

By Kricket Harrison

As an ADHD parent, you probably spend a lot of time and energy mastering the art of  ‘helping your ADHD…

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ADHD Brain

My ADHD Brain: I Don’t Always Do What I Know I Should Do

By Elaine Taylor-Klaus

I Know I Should… It’s not that I don’t know better. I know I should plan ahead so I don’t…

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How to Manage ADHD and Homework

By Ann Dolin

7 Ways that Parents can Help Is your child easily distracted? Does homework that should take 45 minutes end up consuming…

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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.