Perhaps you are new to the tribe of ADHD. Perhaps you have been reading and researching for years online. How much do you actually know? How much is true? Take this short quiz from a trusted resource to find out. The answers provide brief and direct explanations that you can use in conversations with friends, family, teachers, co-workers and anyone else you might know. Help me educate the world on ADHD.Read More
I remember when I got the official diagnosis that my son has ADHD. His teachers had been patient and wonderful, as were the learning specialist and the counselor at his school. I already knew it was coming but my husband was in denial and a small part of me just wanted it all to go away. “Maybe it’s just a phase that he will outgrow,” I told myself. And when the psychologist explained to us he was a “classic textbook case,” I was both relieved and devastated. At the time, I did not know all that I know now. Nobody told me that ADHD is a gift or that my son has superpowers. Nobody exclaimed, “Congratulations! You gave birth to a kid with an amazing brain! Lucky you!”Read More
ADDitude Magazine's article "10 Ways to Improve Your Teen's Executive Function Skills" is a great place to start, but don’t assume all teens naturally possess executive function skills. While they want mastery and control of their own lives, we also want to foster independence safely. Ultimately, they will be able to create success on their own, but some will need help along the way. How do you provide the structure and scaffolding to support rather than enable your teen?For more ideas, or to start a discussion, call me!Read More
The article "Four Steps to Independence: How to Support (Not Enable) a Child with ADHD" by Elaine Taylor-Klaus and Diane Dempster at ADDitude Magazine has some excellent tips on how to support your child's independence.
In my work as an ADHD coach, I like to encourage parents to think of scaffolding:Read More
Perfectionism = Procrastination
Here is an interesting trait you may not have yet discovered: Sometimes you want something to be so perfect that you are afraid of getting started. Or maybe you have to think it through first and have the perfect plan and all of the perfect materials before you get started. Or maybe, you actually got started (woohoo!) and you have been in hyperfocus mode for many hours and now you can’t get back into the real world because what you're working on is just not perfect yet and you can’t let go, so it’s never finished.Read More