Information for Parents
Being a parent of a child with ADHD has its unique challenges that few understand unless they are themselves parents of a child with ADHD. However, in some ways, it is no different than being the parent of a child without ADHD. We all want our children to be happy and healthy.
Some of the documents below are designed to support parents through their own journey with understanding and acceptance, while others cover information on recognizing “Red Flags” that may indicate your child is struggling at school and treatment options. Many offer parenting tips and behaviour strategies to assist you with your parenting challenges.
CADDAC strongly believes that the first step to comprehensive ADHD treatment is education of the parents and other caregivers. The next step, is educating the child about ADHD at a level they can grasp. Please also access information on ADHD “In General”, information in “For Children”, information under “In Adolescents”, our videos of past educational session on Youtube and our current educational sessions and webinars and our recorded webinars.
Some of the documents below are designed to support parents through their own journey with understanding and acceptance, while others cover information on recognizing “Red Flags” that may indicate you child is struggling at school and treatment options. Many offer parenting tips and behaviour strategies to assist you with your parenting challenges.
Access practical parenting strategies through a BC Children’s Hospital FREE learning series called Rolling with ADHD.
Being a Parent of a Child with ADHD
Being the parent of an ADHD child or children, in some ways, is no different than being the parent of a child without ADHD. We all want our children to be happy and healthy. However, parenting a child with ADHD has unique challenges.
Letter to Parents
CADDAC was formed by parents who understand that children with ADHD have unique needs and require extra support and understanding. We have spent years educating ourselves about ADHD and looking for the help, and support our children and families need.
Typical Emotions and Stages of Acceptance
Raising children with ADHD can be an emotional roller coaster. While parents question their parenting skills and struggle to find the best parenting strategies, others who know little about the disorder do not hesitate the offer their option on how to do it better.
Support for Parents
Few people other than another parent understand what it means to be a parent of an ADHD child. For this reason finding some type of support group, even if it is simply a couple of moms meeting regularly over coffee, can be very beneficial.
While children with ADHD need structure, routine, and consistency a balance of predictable, consistent rules and discipline with understanding, flexibility and support for ADHD impairment seems to work best.
Behaviours are most often due to neurological weakness rather than a decision on the child’s part to be defiant therefore, reacting to your child as if he/she is doing these things on purpose can be destructive.
Get the child’s attention before giving instructions and give instructions one or two at a time.
Using Problem Solving
A simple example of how to use a problem solving approach on issues in the home.
Parents Who also have ADHD
Children with ADHD are two to eight times more likely to have a parent with ADHD. When one of the parents also has ADHD implementing appropriate parenting strategies becomes much more of a challenge.
Treatment of ADHD in Children
ADHD should always be treated with a multimodal approach. These consist of educating caregivers about ADHD, school accommodations, parenting strategies, lifestyle choices, tutoring and additional therapies. Medication should never be the only treatment used.
Red Flags that Occur When Struggling at School
Red Flags that indicate a child may be struggling in the school system
Moving from Childhood into Adolescent ADHD: What Parents Need to Know
Children with ADHD have all of the usual struggles moving through adolescents as others, but ADHD impairments can significantly increase the challenges experienced in this time of transition.
The importance of Emotion in ADHD
A PowerPoint presentation by Dr. Russell Barkley entitled “The Importance of Emotion in Managing and Understanding ADHD” presented for CADDAC on October 16, 2011
The 20 Best ADHD Management Principals
A Power Point presentation by Dr. Russell Barkley entitled, “The 20 Best ADHD Management Principles” presented October 16, 2011
A Booklist for Parents
A Booklist for Parents on ADHD