Did you just find out your child has ADD / ADHD?
Do you want to understand how his brain works?
Are you wondering which way to turn and what to do next?
Parents are finding out every day that their child has Attention Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder. They typically don't know what this means to their child in their development and the impact it will have on their life success.
- My child is just too lazy
- She is so self-centered
- He's acting crazy
- Is my child stupid?
- He only does what he wants to do - nothing else
Our children with ADHD are NOT lazy, crazy, stupid, or selfish... they have a Dis-Ability... they have limitations around engaging in life in the same way neuro-typical people do. People with ADHD often feel that they are "defective"... this is NOT a character defect, it is a difference in the way the brain functions.
Studies on ADHD in childood have shown that one of the best ways to help our children is to implement a multimodal plan that includes, as appropriate, the following:
- Parent/Child Education
- Adequate/restful Sleep
- Consistent Exercise
- Behavioral Tools , Systems& Strategies
- Medication (a personal choice)
- Cognitive Tools
- Organizational Tools
- And more
ADHD Parent Coaching is successful in helping parents
to learn more about their child's condition and most importantly how to support the parent's success with creating an environment that supports their child's success. Creating these successful environments include many systems, tools & strategies. The following is a partial list:
- Behavior Identification
- Identification of limitations as well as strengths
- Goal setting around behaviors
- Co-creating a plan of action for each behavior
- Development of strategies – the "how's" of the plan
- Promoting consistency
- Encouraging creativity in the process
- Creating systems to support these processes
- Identifying appropriate rewards
- Support on implementation
- Encouraging parental self-care
Medication is a personal choice – ALWAYS. We do not take the position that a child must be on medication for them to make progress. There is a continuum and some children are mildly impacted by ADHD while others are severely impacted. At some point in time, it is possible that you as a parent may decide that your child is not doing well enough and you may choose to investigate possible medication options. In other cases you may have been advised to start medication immediately by your child's doctor. There is no "right" answer – each parent makes this determination.
There is a lot of information available on ADHD and how to work with our children. We encourage you to visit trustworthy and informative websites, read books and create a network of support.