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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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Bless Her Heart – She Just Doesn’t Understand ADHD

By Elaine Taylor-Klaus

You know, some people are never going to understand what we’re dealing with here. ADHD is complicated. Even more so…

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ADHD Coaching for Students

By Jodi Sleeper-Triplett

Research has demonstrated that ADHD coaching, a non-medication treatment for youth with ADHD, can improve outcomes for students. This article…

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Dinner with an ADHD Family

By Elaine Taylor-Klaus

Curbing Your Frustration I had one of those classic moments of insight at the dinner table last night. If you…

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College Readiness: What Does That Mean for Kids with ADHD?

By Jodie Dawson

By Featured Experts, Dr. Jodie Dawson and Jane Benson, MA, CPCC Coach: “What would happen if you didn’t remind your…

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What Your Pharmacist Wants You To Know About ADHD Medication

By Jeremy Didier

A Pharmacy Regular As the ADHD Mom of 5 kids – 3 of whom also have ADHD – I get…

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Five Motivators to Get Anything Done

By Elaine Taylor-Klaus

Why They Just Can’t Nearly every parent we work with asks the question, at some point, “Why can’t my kid…

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What to Say to your Child or Teen about Diagnosis for ADHD

By Elaine Taylor-Klaus

A member of our ADHD Parenting Community on Facebook (this is a private group open to the public) posted this…

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Tip to Get Started If You Want to Consider Trying Medication

By Elaine Taylor-Klaus and Diane Dempster

Welcome to Tea & Tips, where we respond to burning questions from parents and educators — taking aim on one…

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Standing Up For Kids Who Are Falling Behind

By Diane Dempster

About a year ago, I bumped into a mom from elementary school days whom I hadn’t seen in years. Naturally,…

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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.