Parenting and Behavioural Strategies, ADHD in the Home
ADHD is not due to lazy parenting! In fact, parenting children with ADHD requires far more time and energy and the use of specialized skills. Some guiding principles and general messages to parents/caregivers will be reviewed before we look at some specifics of how to interact with and monitor children with ADHD. How we interpret “bad behavior” and how we deal with it will impact not only the child’s functioning but our relationship with that child for years to come. Organizational and problem-solving strategies will be reviewed as well as external reminders, motivators, and rewards. Steps to creating a home care plan will be the final topic.
Heidi Bernhardt, RN
Over the past 30 years, Heidi Bernhardt has helped raise awareness and understanding of ADHD among parents, those with ADHD, educators, health care professionals, industry leaders, government officials and the public through presentations, conferences, media interviews, and advocacy work.
Heidi Bernhardt, is a psychiatric nurse by training, mother of three grown sons with ADHD and the founder of the Centre for ADHD Awareness Canada (CADDAC), a Canadian charity dedicated to awareness, education, and advocacy for ADHD. Heidi is the past Executive Director of the Canadian ADHD Resource Alliance (CADDRA), a national not-for-profit organization of the leading clinicians and researchers in ADHD in Canada, from 2006 to 2012. During these years she built CADDAC in her volunteer life, nationally incorporating CADDAC as a not-for-profit in 2006 and becoming the Executive Director and President from 2012 to 2019. Heidi currently focuses on ADHD education material and systemic advocacy while holding the role of Director of Education and Advocacy for CADDAC. She also continues to teach and present on ADHD for CADDAC.