Guiding parents and teachers to navigate the challenges of ADHD
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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A Brief History of ADHD (& ADHD Awareness Week)
This week is ADHD Awareness week. In some sense, it actually finds its beginnings in 1902, the year that one…CONTINUED
Tired of Coping With ADHD?
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What Your Child Needs to Know About ADHD: 5 Talking Points
If your son or daughter has been diagnosed with attention deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), s/he may have many feelings and even…CONTINUED
Is It the ADHD, or Is It Something Else?: Part 2
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ADHD and Denial: Like Father, Like Son (and Daughter)
Month after month, Rodney and Lorraine attended the local ADHD discussion group. They desperately sought support in parenting their two…CONTINUED
Lessons for Kids from the Olympics: Hyper-Focus, Motivation & Passion
Why We Watch The Olympics would be boring to watch were it not for the young athletes’ ability to hyper-focus.…CONTINUED
Interview with Radio Host, Jeff Copper, on Parenting & ADHD
Attention Talk Radio Host, Jeff Copper, is an ADHD Coach and a leading interviewer in the ADHD world. In this…CONTINUED
Meeting the Legal Transition to Post Secondary Education
Parents of students with ADHD and other co-occurring conditions are often concerned about the difficulties their children will face after…CONTINUED
(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.