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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What Makes a Good Parent?
We parents often feel that we don’t measure up. This comes from watching others’ parenting styles and hearing their versions of what is and isn’t the correct way to parent. We feel judged when our children are not quiet, well-behaved, good listeners.CONTINUED
ADHD and Technology
Low, Medium & High Tech In her first blog for ImpactADHD, Technology Series: Part 1, Ann Leverette set the stage…CONTINUED
If Linda Roggli Had Known Then
We all want to do the best for our children, but sometimes we just don’t know how. When her son was young, Linda Roggli didn’t know, either. But now that her son is grown, she knows how she’d handle a “do-over.” Thankfully, we can all benefit from her words of wisdom …CONTINUED
ADHD Family Support
Non-ADHD siblings are not often talked about, yet they are an important part of families with ADHD. Studies show that siblings of children with ADHD experience disruption, chaos, unpredictability and exhaustion – just like their parents. At times, they may feel neglected, unprotected and powerless. This is particularly true when they are expected to “take care of” or “look out for” their siblings.CONTINUED
Selecting the Best School for Your Child with ADHD
When all the accommodations in the world are still not working, how do you find out what options you have…CONTINUED
Join the Circus
At the age of eight my parents sent me to a summer camp that happened to have circus as one…CONTINUED
ADHD & Mindfulness
Exercise Good Judgment For parents, mindfulness offers a way to take care of yourself and provide your children with a…CONTINUED
Say What You Mean, Mean What You Say: With LOVE
For families living with ADHD, impulsivity is often at work on an hourly or daily basis. As parents, we are…CONTINUED
20 Pearls of Wisdom for Enjoying the Ride
Enjoy The Ride On this, our 20th week to Feature Expertise, we want to offer a quick re-cap, 20 tips…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.