Understanding Executive Functioning Skills and ADHD

In the past few years there has been a surge in our understanding of executive functioning skills and how they overlap with ADHD.  As a parent of a child or teen with ADHD you’ve likely come across articles about executive functioning online or heard the term mentioned by teachers at your child’s school. However, many…

Clean Your Room! 8 Steps to Help Your Child Get and Stay Organized

Clean your room! This single sentence is all but guaranteed to trigger a cascade of arguments in any family with an ADHD child. Kids with ADHD struggle with organization, and their apparent resistance to keeping their room clean causes tremendous stress and frustration for parents and kids alike. It’s typical for a parent to send…

Helping Your Child Get Rid of Stuff!

Opening presents over the holidays was fun and exciting, but now just a few short weeks later those presents have probably just been added to the mound of “stuff” that is cluttering your child’s space and your home. For kids with ADHD, this extra stuff can make it much harder to stay organized, keep track…

How to Use Negative Consequences Effectively

Every parent needs to give their child negative consequences or punishment sometimes. The trick, as I discussed last week, is to use negative consequences sparingly and use positive strategies, like coaching, modeling, praise, and rewards, as often as possible to teach and reinforce good behavior. When you do need to use negative consequences, like taking…