ADHD – Teens

Your child was recently diagnosed with ADHD and you have no idea where to start. Or, you and your child have run into some issues after many years of managing well.

You have many concerns and a lot of questions.

  • Is my child always going to struggle in school?
  • How can I prepare my child for higher education?
  • Why do I have to parent my ADHD child differently?
  • How do I communicate with teachers and the school to give my child the best academic support?
  • Is it possible for homework to not be a war zone in our home?
  • How do I manage the emotional swings?
  • Are there things I can do to teach my child how to cope?
  • How do I tell my child they have ADHD; how do I help them understand without stigmatizing them?
  • How do I manage my stress when things become challenging or just plain too much?
  • How do I know my child isn’t just choosing to misbehave? After all (s)he can sometimes get things done?
  • Can my child have ADHD if they are able to focus?
  • We just don’t have fun as a family anymore. How can we change this?

…and so many more.

ADHD coaching looks at ADHD from the perspective of the eleven executive skills required to accomplish goals and everyday tasks. Learn how to leverage the gifts of ADHD, build skills to bolster your weak executive skills with those that are strengths. “Trying harder” is a strategy that does not work with ADHD. In fact, trying harder only makes things worse. Instead, discover ways in which you can structure your life to optimize brain functioning, manage focus and concentration, follow through, and achieve goals with less frustration and more ease.

Although medication can be very helpful, medication does not help children and parents adjust the environment and put strategies in place for children to be emotionally and academically successful when executive functioning is an issue. Medication may increase focus but, executives skills are not solely about focus and concentration. Often, therapy and/or coaching is required to leverage your child’s strengths to bolster weaker areas of functioning to achieve goals.

Get answers, practical strategies and skills regarding current ADHD information, communication, negotiating with your child, and relating with one another.

Resources:

I frequently recommend the following texts to parents. They are excellent resources for parents in understanding executive functions. They clearly outline strategies for the most common struggles, educate in a simple manner and provide worksheets that can be copied and implemented immediately.

  1. Dawson, P. & Guare, R. (2009). Smart But Scattered. The Guilford Press: New York.
  2. Dawson, P. & Guare, R. (2013). Smart But Scattered: Teens. The Guilford Press: New York.