Advice For Parents

Mornings are Hell! What to do?

Many families having children with ADHD struggle every morning just to get out of the door. Mornings are not a good time for the majority of individuals with ADHD since it takes them a while to feel really awake. Kids with ADHD have a hard time getting ready for school, let alone doing chores. Morning…

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Eighteen and Off to College

Many parents look for their young adults with ADHD to be independent and gain life skills while navigating the college experience. However, what parents should take into consideration is that the majority of students with ADHD have executive function disorders which translates into lack of organizational skills, time management, planning ability and the like. When…

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The Power of ADHD Group Coaching

A mother with an adopted child was referred to me for a parent coaching group. Overwhelmed by her daughter’s unruly behavior, this mother was left feeling as though returning her child to the country of origin was her only option. Thanks to the supportive group environment of sharing emotions, thoughts, and experiences, this mother garnered…

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Social Thinking and ADHD

Some individuals diagnosed with ADHD and executive functioning challenges may also have social cognitive deficits. These deficits can include a difficult time “reading” non-verbal cues, interpreting body language, or making an inference. In many cases these deficits are subtle and remain undetected in young children. As children with social cognitive issues get older, the social…

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What About Morning Chores?!

Many families with ADHD children struggle every morning just to get out of the door. Some kids with ADHD take medication in the morning, and it often takes a while for the medication to be effective. At the same time, parents may expect them to do various morning chores. As a result, children and parents…

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When Parent and Child Have ADHD

When a parent shares a similar experience with their child, it is natural to identify and empathize with their child’s challenges. Although empathy is important, balance and boundaries are key. Try these: Don’t let your similarities cloud your responsibility or the need to set limits and boundaries for your child. Without boundaries or limits, the…

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Take a Walk in Your Child’s Shoes

Have you ever thought what it would be like to go to work every day having to listen to criticism from your boss and your colleagues? Hearing that you are not working hard enough? Upon arrival at home, looking forward to some peace and quiet, you are faced with more demands and criticism. You have…

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Special Time With Your Child

It can be hard to find special moments to share with your child when you’re in the thick of raising him or her. There’s always some issue that needs attention – finishing homework, cleaning up rooms, fighting with brothers or sisters… the list is endless! Here are some helpful pointers on how to create special…

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How to Help Your Non-ADHD Child

The non-ADHD sibling (NAS) often feels as though the ADHD sibling gets more attention, even though some of it may be negative. As a result, other children in your family may feel resentment toward the ADHD sibling, or feel they need to act out or mimic the sibling’s behavior in order to get your attention.…

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Top 15 Tips for Parents

Raising kids is a fulfilling and frustrating experience all at the same time. When you add ADHD into the mix, it heightens both sides of the coin. Here are some helpful tips that parents can use to navigate through some of the normal challenges that come with raising a kid with ADHD: Educate yourself about…

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