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…

When to Use Negative Consequences with Your ADHD Child

Kids with ADHD often struggle to follow through on the things that are expected of them, make impulsive choices, and have a hard staying calm in stressful situations. This understandably leads many parents to feel like they are constantly correcting and reprimanding their child – not because they want to, but because they don’t know…

Catch Your Child Being Good this Holiday Season

Spending time with family around the holidays can be wonderful, and for parents of kids with ADHD it can also be stressful. When you’re visiting family and friends that you only see a few times a year you want more than ever to have things go smoothly. It’s a tall order when your child’s routine…

Teaching Growth Mindset Principles to Your Child

In my last post I discussed the powerful impact that having a Growth Mindset can have on motivation and academic achievement . With a Growth Mindset you believe that through effort and the use of solid strategies you can become smarter and better at just about anything you put your mind to. And in fact,…

United You Stand: Co-Parenting

Did you play this game as a kid?  You run to one of your parents and ask, “Can I have a candy bar?”  They say no, because you’ll spoil your dinner.  So, what do you do, you ask another parent!  “Can I have a lollipop?”  Sure, they say!  And when the parent who turned you…

Finding A Tutor: The Checklist

Your child has been diagnosed with ADHD, and you’ve been trying hard to do everything you can to help your child. You’re working with a therapist, explored or started medication, and you’ve put behavior plans into place at home. You’ve even partnered with your child’s teacher to get extra help in the classroom. And while…

The Power of Owning Your ADHD

When hackers sought to discredit US Olympians by releasing their medical records, it was revealed that Simone Biles had sought and obtained an exemption for the use of a therapeutic medication. The medication, as it turns out, was to prescribed to treat her ADHD. While some athletes have yet to comment on their released information, Simone…